In contrast to adaptations of "Attack on Titan" and "Rurouni Kenshin," the live-action "Fullmetal Alchemist" will be told as a single film.
That comes from director Fumihiko Sori, who told Oricon (via Anime News Network) that his take on Hiromu Arakawa’s action-fantasy manga will also age protagonist Edward Elric aged from 15 years old to 20. Hey! Say! JUMP and NYC member Ryosuke Yamada, who's 23, has been cast in the lead role.
Set in an alternate Edwardian-era world where alchemy is a science, and State Alchemists work for the government, “Fullmetal Alchemist” centers on the Elric brothers, who attempt to perform the forbidden human transmutation to resurrect their dead mother. After the transmutation backfires, severely injuring Edward and destroying Alphonse’s body, Edward sacrifices his arm to rescue his brother’s soul and bind it to a suit of armor. Edward becomes a State Alchemist, and the two set off in search of a philosopher’s stone to restore their bodies.
Set to begin filming from June to August in Italy, Sori's "Fullmetal Alchemist" will rely heavily on CGI to create elements such as Alphonse's armor.
"It is my dearest wish to turn this wonderful story into a film," the filmmaker told Oricon, "and it is not an exaggeration to say that I am living for this reason."