It has been little over a month since Guillermo Del Toro wowed us all with the impressively fun Pacific Rim, yet details of an exciting new film project have already been dangled teasingly on Warner Entertainment Japan’s Twitter page.
It appears Warner met with Del Toro a few days ago, gifting him Blu-ray copies of the recent Puella Magi Madoka Magica movies, which seems innocent enough until you read the accompanying twitter message:
“[del Toro] has a good facial expression!! It couldn’t be that, in the near future, there might be a Hollywood live-action adaptation! Oh my goodness…!?”
Wait, hold the phone, what?! Are you kidding me? “Oh my goodness!” doesn’t even begin to cover it. This is serious news, Warner! For the unfamiliar, Puella Magi Madoka Magica (also known as Mahou Shojo Madoka Magica) is an anime series from Shaft made two years ago. It’s mostly a magical girl series but with a massive difference: shit gets real. This anime is considered one of the great game changers of the current generation; the narrative twists and turns are rarely anticipated, and it’s littered with some of the most surreal action sequences you’re likely to see on TV. The animation mixes clean cut character art with highly stylised, cut-out stuck-down backgrounds which create a sense of uneasiness in the viewer. Very striking, all kinds of awesome.
The idea of a live-action adaptation both excites and horrifies me. Do we really want Hollywood to touch Madoka, or any series for that matter? I’m looking at you, Akira remake. In all honesty, if I wanted to see Madoka in live action at all, I’d prefer to see it with a Japanese cast and crew, not a western one. I can’t begin to predict how much might have to change to fit the bill in spite of the massive fanbase that currently exists. Plus, there’s all the logistical issues – it would have to be CG’d to hell to work with the aesthetic of the fight scenes alone. On the other hand, Del Toro has to be one of only western directors who could do it justice, as he showed with the more-rounded-than-most Pacific Rim. Plus, with anime and cosplay now moving into the mainstream, perhaps now is actually a great time to make this film. If nothing else, it would be a nice injection of female superness into potential blockbuster territory. So what do you think? Are you excited or sceptical? For now, this feels very much like vague speculation, but it’s definitely something I’ll be keeping tabs on.