The film that had been trying to become a reality for 30 years: it succeeded after a decade in development, but its ambitious plans are in danger – Movie news

The film that had been trying to become a reality for 30 years: it succeeded after a decade in development, but its ambitious plans are in danger – Movie news
The film that had been trying to become a reality for 30 years: it succeeded after a decade in development, but its ambitious plans are in danger – Movie news

The ‘live action’ of ‘The Knights of the Zodiac’ arrived in movie theaters in 2023, but the author of the original manga, Masami Kurumada, already dreamed of it in the 90s

It was one of the films that we were able to see in the cinema in 2023 and with it a very special dream was fulfilled. The author of the manga Knights of the Zodiacwhose subsequent anime is part of the childhoods of several generations of boys and girls around the world, imagined a live-action film in the 90s and, Although it took more than 30 years for it to happen, it was finally a reality. Although probably in a different way than he imagined.

Starring Mackenyu, Madison Iseman, Sean Bean and Famke Janssen, among others, the film directed by Tomasz Baginski began to take shape a decade ago and reaching the final result has been something that would take a long time to achieve. This is how he explained it in an interview with Variety In his day Ikezawa Yoshi, international producer of Toei Animation – the Japanese production company behind the project together with the American Stage 6 Films -:

Mr. Kurumada had the idea almost since the manga began in the 1990s. There was a three- to five-minute live-action pilot. For my part, I have been working on this for almost ten years.

However, although Kurumada had dreamed of it from the beginning and even took the odd step forward, it would not finally be untilto the year 2012 when work began firmly on the film that in 2023 hit movie theaters around the world.

Regarding those minutes that Ikezawa Yoshi was talking about, it was not the first news that had been had about it: Masami Kurumada himself had talked about it in 2003, in an interview with Anime Land in which he said that a film project had been on the table: “A few years ago, a live action project came to my office. Hollywood had produced a fifteen-minute pilot. But the essence of the series was not respected. The design and realization made me think of the Ninja Turtles, the names were modified, etc. The project was abandoned because it failed to have a satisfactory result.” Likewise, the author spoke of actors who were too muscular for the roles and was relieved that he had not come out ahead.

‘The Knights of the Zodiac’ compares itself to Marvel and is not afraid to share its plans to become the new great fantasy and action saga

However, the Toei project that began in 2012 had another aspect from the beginning. “Securing the rights was relatively easy because we had been working together. But I was not familiar with Hollywood production studios, so I did my research, met people and tried to become a partner with the creators,” Ikezawa Yoshi explained to Variety about the beginnings of the film that has just seen the light of day. “We partnered with a director, but in the end it didn’t work out […] Fortunately, Netflix came on board wanting to make the series as an anime for television,” he recalls about the streaming platform’s role in the process.

Meanwhile, they continued working on their plans for the big screen with great optimism and hope to be able to move forward with the live-action film. However, A first film was not the complete plan, but his plans were much more ambitious: a saga of at least six films.

‘The Knights of the Zodiac’ compares itself to Marvel and is not afraid to share its plans to become the new great fantasy and action saga

However, the idea of ​​making a franchise Knights of the Zodiac It doesn’t seem so feasible once the first film is released.

With only 21% positive reviews from critics in Rotten Tomatoes The reception has not been the best and it was also a failure at the box office: with 7 million dollars raised globally against a budget of 60, It was one of the biggest hits of the year.

At the moment there has been no talk of a possible sequel, but with such a scenario it is possible that it cannot be completed with the original plan.

 
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