Fullmetal Alchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa is drawing a “special-edition manga” to celebrate the live-action movie! It will be the first new Fullmetal Alchemist story in seven years. Fans attending theatrical screenings will receive copies of the manga.
— 映画『鋼の錬金術師』公式 (@hagarenmovie) July 12, 2017
The live-action Fullmetal Alchemist is set to premiere on December 1, 2017. The film’s staff and cast have been participating in a world tour to promote the film at various anime conventions, including Anime Expo and Japan Expo.
Fumihiko Sori is directing the adaptation and he plans to “create a style that follows the original manga as much as possible.” One of the biggest challenges Sori faces is adapting the 27 volume series into a single film.
Arakawa’s hit manga follows brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, both of which are caught in a failed alchemist ritual. Edward lost an arm and a leg, while Alphonse’s soul inhabits a suit of armor. Edward becomes a state alchemist in hopes of finding the Philosopher’s Stone, which is the only thing that can restore their bodies.
Fullmetal Alchemist was adapted into a 51-episode anime in 2003 and received a sequel film in 2005. A remake titled Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood follows the manga more faithfully and debut in 2009. Both anime were produced by Bones.