The Cinema Today website reported on Friday that the producers of the two upcoming live-action Gantz films have already received inquiries about remake rights from the United States and the United Kingdom. The two Gantz films, which adapt Hiroya Oku’s Gantz science-fiction action manga, will not open until the beginning of next year.
According to Cinema Today, 19 companies from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and other Western countries have also offered to distribute the two Japanese films themselves. 26 companies from South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other countries and regions in Asia have made inquiries as well.
Principal photography has been completed for the two films, and post-production has begun. The first film is slated to be completed by November, and it will open in Japan at the beginning of 2011. The second film will open next spring.
The article is a little vague on what exactly these companies are interested in, releasing the movies in those countries mentioned, or actually making remakes of them. While I’m all for the Gantz movies coming to the US (hopefully in dubbed form), I would be concerned about a US remake.
I’m normally not one to care about Japan’s live action movies, but the Death Note movie was pretty good (even if they did fuck with aspects of the story and change some characters nationalities), and I like the Gantz manga a lot.
At the very least this makes the chances of a US release of these movies look pretty good. Now, lets see if they can really capture the greatness of the manga or not. Crappy anime version, I’m looking at you…