What’s that noise? It’s the sound of millions of anime fans going, “Noooooooooooooo!” at the news that Harry Potter producer David Heyman may be the man Hollywood is trusting to bring smash hit manga and anime Attack On Titan to the big screen with a live-action movie. Because a) there’s always fan scepticism at a Hollywood remake of anything and b) Heyman (whose other films include Paddington and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them) hardly seems the obvious choice for a gruesome story about human-eating giants.
But according to Deadline, Warner Bros is negotiating to get the feature rights for Attack On Titan, which is based on a manga written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama with Heyman the man most likely to produce.
But let’s also remember that Heyman has harder- films like Gravity (2013) and I Am Legend (2007) on his producing CV. Plus, his hit rate is incredibly high. You may not be a fan of his children’s fantasy output but he’s certainly a producer who knows how to gather together casts and crew who work together to a shared vision.
The basic plot follows a group of humans who have been living behind a massive wall for generations to protect themselves from the giant, man-eating Titans. There has already been a two-part Japanese live-action Attack On Titan movie (2015) which was not particularly well received with particular criticism aimed at its poor effects.