Gintama Manga Gets Live-Action Film Adaptation in 2017 Starring Shun Oguri
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
This year's 31st issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga will get a live-action film adaptation in 2017.
Shun Oguri (live-action Space Brothers, Lupin III, Terraformars) will play protagonist Gintoki Sakata, and Yūichi Fukuda (live-action HK/Hentai Kamen, Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store) is directing the film, as well as penning the script.
Sorachi began the manga in 2004 and it continues to be ranked among the top-selling manga in Japan. Viz Media published the first 23 volumes in English. Shueisha published the manga's 64th volume in Japan on May 2.
The manga inspired a television anime that premiered in 2006 and continued (with several extended hiatuses) until 2013. The latest Gintama television anime series premiered in April 2015, and ended in March. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. The manga also inspired two anime films, including the "final" Gekijōban Gintama Kanketsu-hen: Yorozuya yo Eien Nare film that opened in 2013, and various OVAs and event anime.