Fullmetal Alchemist's next film adaptation will be live-action, according to Crunchyroll. Filming is slated to begin this June in Italy, with a 2017 release currently planned for Japan.
Based on the popular manga-turned-anime, which has aired in the U.S. on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block several times over the years, the movie will use a combination of real actors and CGI to depict the story of Edward and Alphonse Elric. The brothers are distinguished by their partially metallic bodies, which resulted from a transmutation experiment gone wrong.
Both the manga and its pair of anime adaptations have finished. Two animated films were produced as sequels to the series. The latest, The Sacred Star of Milos, saw release in 2011.
Viz Media publishes the manga in the U.S. The company recently announced its own plans to enter the live-action production business. It will produce films based on several series in its library, although it has yet to name which ones — or if Fullmetal Alchemist, which it doesn't hold the anime rights to, is among them.