Kodansha Rep: Report of Warner Bros.' Attack on Titan Films Is 'Incorrect'
posted on 2017-01-18 10:00 EST by Jennifer Sherman
Deadline Hollywood reported on Tuesday that Warner Bros. is in negotiations to get the film rights to the Attack on Titan franchise. A public relations representative of publisher Kodansha said on Wednesday that "Deadline's report is incorrect."
The representative noted, "There are many works where negotiations are advancing for film adaptations. I cannot comment on what is within contract negotiations."
Deadline's report stated that Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them producer David Heyman would be on board to produce a proposed two-film project that would remake the 2015 Japanese live-action film adaptations. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. was hoping to develop the project after its live-action Akira film. Warner officially green-lit the Akira film in 2011, but the project has been delayed. Former Variety and The Wrap reporter Jeff Sneider reported last summer that Warner was targeting director Justin Lin ( Fast & Furious franchise, Star Trek Beyond) for the project.
The Japanese live-action films based on Hajime Isayama's manga opened in Japan on August 1 and September 19, 2015. The first film earned about 600 million yen (about US$5 million) during its opening weekend while the second earned 327,915,700 yen (about US$2.75 million). Funimation released the films theatrically and on home video in North America.
Isayama's original manga has also inspired two anime series — the second of which is slated to premiere in April — numerous spinoff manga, several novel series, a spinoff live-action television series, and an OVA. Two of the spinoff manga — Attack on Titan: No Regrets and Attack on Titan: Junior High — received anime adaptations of their own.
Isayama launched the manga in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009, and Kodansha published the 21st volume in Japan on December 9. The series has more than 60 million copies in print. Kodansha Comics publishes the manga in print in English. Crunchyroll also publishes the manga in English digitally as new chapters are published in Japan.