A new live-action movie based on Hiroya Oku’s Gantz is now under development, and overlord director Julius Avery has signed on to direct the new project! Oku’s original manga first debuted on the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump in the 2000s, and quickly took off with fans for its otherworldly, death-game-esque concept. The series came to an end in 2013, but since then has not only spawned some official sequels and spin-offs, but also some anime adaptations, CG animations, and live-action movies.
According to a new report from Deadline, Sony Pictures is currently developing a new live-action film based on Gantz, with Marc Guggenheim to adapt the script (which is in line with previous development reports last fall) and produce Temple Hill. According to the report, the project is still in early development, so no date has yet been set for the start of production. But luckily for fans of the original, there are many ways to watch the series for yourself with its anime streaming with Funimation.
Funnily enough, series creator Hiroya Oku previously noted that there was a “Hollywood” contract that prevented the creator from pursuing another anime adaptation of the project. In a conversation with Crunchyroll earlier this year, Oku stated, “Yeah, I can’t go into all the details on that subject, but a Hollywood company does have the rights to adapt. Gantz at this point, and unless they give us back the rights, we won’t be able to make an anime or live-action adaptation of the manga.” started OK. ‘That’s the Hollywood type of contract; they own all the adaptations, including anime and live-action, except manga.”
Oku had noted that the contract he signed would be available for about four more years (as of the time of the interview) and revealed that it was a “pain” that even the sequels and spin-offs couldn’t get anime developed for them too. not. But this was all during the delays of the COVID pandemic, so could shake up whether a new Gantz movie is actually moving forward.
But what do you think? What would you like to see from Sony Pictures’ vision? Gantz? Let us know all your thoughts about it in the comments!
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