You might remember Gantz from this story about a FL mom who says she had to send her son to psychotherapy after he read the manga. I wonder how she’ll take this news. Gantz is being made into not 1 but 2! live action movies, starring Kazunari Ninomiya and Ken’ichi Matsuyama and will be directed by Shinsuke Sato. The movies will be released in the spring and winter of 2011.

Gantz (a Japanese manga and anime series) tells the story of Kei Kurono and his friend Masaru Kato who die in a train accident and become part of a semi-posthumous “game” in which they and several other recently deceased people are forced to hunt down and kill aliens armed with a handful of futuristic items of equipment and weaponry.

The Gantz anime, directed by Ichiro Itano and animated by Gonzo, ran for 13 episodes and had a direct sequel called Gantz: Second Stage, which continued the series for another 13 episodes. Dark Horse Comics started releasing the manga in English in June 2008.

Here is a lovely teaser trailer for the first movie. Maybe we can get Fathom Events to bring this to US theaters like they did with Death Note?

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