Shinji Higuchi To Direct Live Action ‘Attack on Titan’ Movie
The live action Attack on Titan movie based on Hajime Isayama’s manga and its anime adaptation seems to have assembled something of a dream for fans of civilization-destroying anime and tokusatsu. Filling a slot that’s been vacant since the departure of Tetsuya Nakashima last december is new director Shinji Higuchi, known for his work as a storyboard artist on Kill la Kill, the original Neon Genesis Evangelion and its “rebuild” films. Higuchi also served as the special effects director on Gamera and Godzilla movies and Studio Ghibli’s stunning live action prequel to Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo. Truly, this is a director who knows a thing or two about depicting giants wiping out humanity.
The news comes from the official AoT manga site, which announced the new director yesterday alongside a piece of concept art of the series’ signature walls, which humanity lives behind to keep the giant man-eating beings known as Titans at bay.
Higuchi joins screenwriters Yuusuke Watanabe (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the live-action Gantz movies, 20th Century Boys, Gatchaman), Tomohiro Machiyama and AoT creator Isayama for the TOHO produced and distributed film.
No stars have been cast, but fans can probably expect info following the rollout of Subaru’s Forester SUV commercial that Higuchi is directing, which will debut the live action movie look of Isayama’s Titans when it airs at the end of January in Japan.
The Attack on Titan film is scheduled for a 2015 release, and filming is expected to begin this summer.