Live-Action Terraformars Film's Footage Aired
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The film will open in Japan on April 29, during the Golden Week holidays. Takashi Miike (live-action films of Ichi the Killer, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Yatterman, As the Gods Will, Crows Zero, Mogura no Uta) is directing the film, and Kazuki Nakashima (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill) wrote the screenplay.
Tachibana and Sasuga launched the original Terraformars manga in 2011, and Shueisha will publish the 15th volume on November 19. The manga has 10 million copies in circulation. Viz Media is releasing the manga in North America, and it describes the story:
In the late 26th century, overpopulation on Earth is reaching the breaking point, and humanity must find new frontiers. The terraforming of Mars has taken centuries, but is now complete. The colonization of Mars by humanity is an epoch-making event, but an unintended side effect of the terraforming process unleashes a horror no one could ever have imagined...
After humanity's first manned mission to the Red Planet was lost, a second expedition arrives. The explorers prepare to exterminate the cockroaches that were used to transform the Martian environment. They are shocked to discover that the insects have mutated into giant, aggressive humanoids with one overriding goal: exterminate the humans! But this crew of explorers has each undergone the "Bugs Procedure, " terrifying experimental surgery designed to make them more than human...
A poster debuted on Monday, showing the main cast wearing their spacesuit costumes, and its tagline reads "we will survive."
The film's previously revealed cast includes:
Kenichi Takitō (Ryōmaden, Climber's High) as Shunji Tezuka, based on Tejas Viji
Rila Fukushima (The Wolverine, Arrow, Game of Thrones) as the new, original character Sakakibara
The non-Japanese team members in the original manga have had their names and part of their characters changed. For example, the Thai character Thien is now Jin Mutō, as played by former NEWS band member Tomohisa Yamashita (a.k.a. "Yamapi" from Kurosagi, Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Ashita no Joe).