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Thursday, 12th February 2015
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Terra Formars to get live action film

Popular manga Terra Formars is to get a live action film, with this week's Young Jump magazine expected to announce the project later this week.

The fiction, which follows attempts to colonise Mars in the face of killer humanoid creatures descended from the cockroaches used to make the planet habitable, has an immensely wide readership in Japan and internationally.

Its dark and gritty storylines are often praised and 11 volumes have been published since its release in 2011. Some ten million copies are in circulation.

While details are scant at the moment, it has been confirmed that director Takashi Miike has signed on to helm the project. A cult filmmaker, Miike's involvement has been welcomed by many fans.

It isn't known when production will start and casting at the moment is being kept under wraps, but it is hoped that the film will hit theatre screens in 2016. More details are set to be released over the course of the year.

Despite Miike's status as a risk-taking director, the announcement has already proved divisive, with many manga fans pointing out that previous live-action adaptations have been less than well received.

Terra Formars was previously adapted into anime form, with the adaptation receiving a simulcast during Crunchyroll's Fall 2014 anime season. It was praised by fans and critics alike for not straying from the original gritty formula that made the manga so popular.

Fans of Japan's film scene have a number of other exciting projects to look forward to in the coming months, with Evangelion: Final, Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterun and Attack on Titan II: Wings of Freedom among the most hotly anticipated titles.