“FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST” TO AIR ON NETFLIX
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FILM SWERVES FANS THROUGH DISTRIBUTION CHANGE
Live-action adaptations of anime have yet to achieve moderate success, especially considering there are very few to actually set a high standard. This makes it hard to believe that the live-action film of Fullmetal Alchemist was originally slated to start production in 2013.
Square Enix teamed up with Warner Brothers to blend eastern film techniques with western technology and the film started production in May 2016, only to be released in Japan on December 1, 2017. The film received positive reviews in Japan due to its use of CGI work (similar to The Avengers) and relative faith to the original manga. It also helped that the characters were not “white-washed” despite the series being considerably European. Due to the success in Japan Warner Brothers decided to ship the film state-side.
In what could be considered a strange move, Warner Brothers decided not to release the film in American theaters for a prolonged period of time (opting for a one-night special before the Japanese release). Instead, when Netflix released its preview of upcoming content for February, the Fullmetal Alchemist film was on the list.
Listed as a “Netflix Original” the Fullmetal Alchemist film will be available for streaming starting February 19th. Considering Netflix didn’t have any involvement in the film’s production, it should be drastically better than the Death Note adaptation.
You may not have seen the film so check out the trailer below: