Zac Efron: Not ‘Likely’ to Be in Full Metal Panic! Project
Actor Zac Efron (High School Musical, Hairspray, 17 Again) told MTV Splash Page that it is still “very early” to discuss Mandalay Pictures’ rights to adapt Shoji Gatoh’s Full Metal Panic! high school action comedy light novels into a live-action film. While he acknowledges he did have “a meeting on something” for the project, he noted that the project is “to the point where it’s more than likely not going to happen.” He did emphasize that he is “a huge comic book and manga fan” since he was 10 years old.
The Hollywood Reporter newspaper revealed Mandalay’s acquisition of the live-action film rights last week. The story centers around a brusque young sergeant named Sousuke Sagara who must protect an assertive high school girl named Chidori Kaname by masquerading (somewhat unsuccessfully) as a high school student himself. Shikidouji illustrated the original novels that Tokyopop published. ADV Manga released both the first manga adaptation from Retsu Tateo and Full Metal Panic: Overload! manga spinoff from Tomohiro Nagai in North America. ADV Films and Funimation have split the North American DVD releases of the three television anime series between the two of them.
A tragedy averted, a prelude to an even bigger catastrophe, or merely a feint?
Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei’s 3rd TV Series Green-Lit (Updated)
This year’s 21st issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine will announce on Wednesday that a third television anime adaptation of Kôji Kumeta’s Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei manga has been green-lit. Zan Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei will premiere on UHF television stations throughout Japan in July. Hiroshi Kamiya, the winner of the Best Lead Actor Award at this year’s 3rd Annual Seiyū Awards, will reprise his role as the world’s most negative person who happens to teach a high school class.
The first television series aired in 2007, and the second series aired in 2008. Del Rey has been publishing the original, ongoing manga in North America since February. The 15th and 16th Japanese volumes of the manga bundled two original animation DVDs that are separate from the three television series.
HELLS YEAH! The only few good news of this year. Too much K-On! is stinkin’ up the anime blogosphere with same old shit.