Even if the upcoming live-action GANTZ movies were covered in a swarm of honey bees, I don’t think it could have more buzz than it has, now. Even if you weren’t impressed with their teaser or the various photos of their cast in ( and out) of their scandalously-tight leather outfits… the fact remains that Hollywood’s already knocking on these filmmakers' doors. That’s right, according to ANN, even though these won’t be released until early 2011, the filmmakers have already received inquires regarding the remake rights from mysterious entities in the United States and the United Kingdom (you might even say that they’re unified in their interest).
You know, I haven’t gotten the chance to read GANTZ yet, but the story looks pretty badass. It sounds like the kind of “high concept” premise that general audiences can grasp, while still allowing for the kind of complexity more seasoned fans want. Call it a hunch, though, but I get the feeling that if this does get remade, all the hardcore blood ‘n guts will be toned down. That, or they’ll save it for the extra-expensive unrated DVD.
How many of you lunatics in the Anime Vice community are frothing at the bit to see these GANTZ movies? Are you horrified or delighted by the possibility of seeing an even bigger-budgeted, but possibly compromised, remake produced stateside?