ByAngelo Delos Trinos, writer at Creators.co
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With the release of the live-action version of the seminal 1995 anime movie , the trend of adapting popular anime and manga for the big screen only grows stronger with each passing day.

Not only are there some anime adaptations slowly getting pulled out of development limbo, but there are those that are either in the midst of shooting or are even wrapping up production right now.

Here's a quick look at eight upcoming live-action movies based on popular anime and manga titles to look out for.

1. Alita: Battle Angel

[Credit: Business Jump]
[Credit: Business Jump]
  • Expected Release Date: July 20, 2018
  • Directed By: Robert Rodriguez
  • Filmed In: America

For the longest time, adapting the action-packed cyberpunk OVA (original video animation) Battle Angel Alita has been an elusive passion project for blockbuster king . Due to prior commitments and working on the upcoming sequels, Cameron left the director's chair and handed the reins to of Sin City fame.

[Credit: Madhouse]
[Credit: Madhouse]

Based on the manga created by Yukito Kishiro, Alita: Battle Angel follows the lives of Doctor Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) and the amnesiac cyborg Alita (Rose Salazar) - a discarded robot he found in a trash heap before restoring her to life. Alita is then trained to become a mercenary Hunter-Warrior to make a living in the bleak 26th Century America. As she pursues targets for a fee, Alita begins to learn more about her past and her purpose for existing.

Watch the trailer for the original Battle Angel Alita below

2. Blade Of The Immortal

[Credit: Kodansha/ Dark Horse]
[Credit: Kodansha/ Dark Horse]
  • Expected Release Date: April 29, 2017 (Japan)
  • Directed By: Takashi Miike
  • Filmed In: Japan

Beginning in the middle of the Tokugawa Shogunate period of feudal Japan and stretching all the way to modern times, centers on the immortal samurai Manji. As a price for his violent past, Manji is cursed to live forever until he kills 1000 evil people.

Blade Of The Immortal is based on the manga by Hiroaki Samura, and has been praised for its gritty realism that never loses its more dramatic human moments.

[Credit: Warner Brothers]
[Credit: Warner Brothers]

Famed filmmaker will bring Manji's tragedy to the big screen. Blade Of The Immortal not only marks Miike's return to the jidaigeki genre (i.e. period pieces set in the Edo period) after 13 Assassins, but also his return to adapting popular franchises to film. Prior to Blade Of The Immortal, Miike helmed the Ace Attorney, Ichi The Killer and Yatterman movies.

Miike has been both lauded and attacked for his violent style of filmmaking, making him the perfect fit for a film version of the equally brutal Blade Of The Immortal.

Watch the trailer for Blade Of The Immortal below.

3. Bleach

[Credit: Weekly Shonen Jump]
[Credit: Weekly Shonen Jump]
  • Expected Release Date: 2018
  • Directed By: Shinsuke Sato
  • Filmed In: Japan

During the early 2000's, was one of the top three shonen titles being published, garnering it a plethora of spin-off material and animated movies. It was only a matter of time before it was adapted with human actors portraying the Shinigami and the Arrancars, and this reality will finally hit cinemas next year.

Based on Tite Kubo's manga of the same name, Bleach follows Ichigo Kurosaki as he learns the ropes of his destiny: to become a Shinigami warrior who helps Soul Society maintain the balance between the worlds of the living and the dead.

See the first glimpses of the Bleach live-action film below, which is currently in the works.

Little is known about the plot of Bleach, but shooting has already begun in Japan. The manga's creator has been confirmed to be a part of the creative process, and he promised to make sure that Bleach would be great for fans and newcomers alike.

His only concern is the color of Ichigo's hair, since he admitted in jest that Ichigo's trademark orange hair would look "strange" in a live-action movie.

Watch the trailer for the dubbed version of Bleach season one below.

4. Death Note

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[Credit: Madhouse]
  • Expected Release Date: August 25, 2017 (on )
  • Directed By: Adam Wingard
  • Filmed In: America

, the manga from Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, showed what would happen if someone was given the power to basically become God on Earth, and the fallout that would ensue from this person's god complex.

Death Note proved to be both thought-provoking and popular, leading to an anime series and three live-action Japanese adaptations. Now, the psychological thriller will receive a fourth big-screen venture, but this time, from America. The American adaptation will be directed by Adam Wingard, who helmed the indie-horror surprises The Guest and You're Next.

The newest Death Note will follow Light Turner (Nat Wolff) when he chances upon the titular Death Note: an ominous notebook that kills whoever's name is written on its pages. Light uses the Note for "the greater good," and kills those he considers to be evil and unjust.

As he embarks on his personal crusade, Light is stalked by the Note's original owner, Ryuk (voiced by Willem Dafoe), and a mysterious private detective only known as L (Keith Stanfield), who aims to end Light's self-imposed godhood.

Watch the teaser for Death Note below.

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5. Full Metal Alchemist

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[Credit: Bones]
  • Expected Release Date: December 1, 2017 (Japan)
  • Directed By: Fumihiko Sori
  • Filmed In: Japan

Set in an alternate 20th Century where alchemy has not only been discovered but has become a part of everyday life, centers on the Elric brothers who learn about alchemy's perils the hard way. After botching up a spell in the hopes of resurrecting their mother, Eric loses two of his limbs while Alphonse's soul is trapped in a suit of armor.

The two set out to find the Philosopher's Stone in the hopes of regaining their bodies, while traversing a politically divided world on the brink of war.

[Credit: Warner Brothers]
[Credit: Warner Brothers]

Full Metal Alchemist was considered to be one of the best animes to come out in the 2000's, resulting in multiple animated series and movies and now, a live-action adaptation. The new movie is expected to faithfully follow the manga for the most part, and will be directed by Fumihiko Sori - who is no stranger to adapting anime to film as seen in his acclaimed directorial debut, Ping Pong.

Watch the teaser for Full Metal Alchemist below.

6. Gintama

[Credit: Sunrise]
[Credit: Sunrise]
  • Expected Release Date: July 14, 2017 (Japan)
  • Directed By: Yuichi Fukuda
  • Filmed In: Japan

In terms of comedy, no manga comes close to the popularity of Hideaki Sorachi's manic . Set in a very different take on Japan's Edo period, Gintama follows a group of luckless people struggling to make ends meet in a country dominated by aliens who have outlawed swords since taking control. General insanity and parodies of anime trends ensues as Gintama and friends do whatever they can to pay the bills.

Gintama was well-received and is loved by fans, garnering its animated series a long life that began in 2006 and is still churning out new episodes today. Though Gintama has two movies to its name, the latest movie marks the title's first foray into live-action territory.

There are currently no specific plot details, but based on the teaser, Gintama looks like it will closely follow the manga's look despite its strange lack of comedic hijinks.

Watch the teaser for Gintama below.

7. Jojo's Bizzare Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable

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[Credit: David Production]
  • Expected Release Date: August 4th 2017 (Japan)
  • Directed By: Takashi Miike
  • Filmed In: Japan

is possibly one of the biggest animes to come out in recent memory, and the bombastic fighting show has attracted a large, loyal fanbase and spawned a lot of memes. The franchise centers on the Joestar family: a lineage of fighters who are gifted with supernatural powers who must battle equally powerful foes.

, is the anime's latest season, and will be the basis of the upcoming live-action Jojo movie. Set in 1999, Diamond Is Unbreakable follows Josuke, the illegitimate heir to the Joestar bloodline, as he fights to keep a powerful weapon away from the wrong hands while confronting the previously unknown stories of his forefathers.

[Credit: Toho/Warner Brothers]
[Credit: Toho/Warner Brothers]

The whole of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure has become incredibly popular thanks to its absurd yet entertaining plot, which includes vampires, Nazis and a super-powered Jesus, among other things. Japanese film auteur Takashi Miike will bring the over-the-top Jojo to the big screen, and this combination couldn't be any more perfect. If there's anyone who could bring the iconic sound effects and poses of Jojo to life, it's Miike.

Watch the teaser for Jojo's Bizzare Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable below.

8. Tokyo Ghoul

[Credit: Pierott]
[Credit: Pierott]
  • Expected Release Date: July 29, 2017 (Japan)
  • Directed By: Kentarō Hagiwara
  • Filmed In: Japan

As generic as its plot may sound, brought a new spin to the idea of unassuming people suddenly gaining superpowers, and showed just how frightening it could be. Tokyo Ghoul shows how Ken Kaneki, an otherwise normal college student, is forced to bridge the warring worlds of humans and that of the Ghouls (powerful beings who devour people to stay alive) after he turns into a half-human half-Ghoul hybrid.

[Credit: Shochiku]
[Credit: Shochiku]

Tokyo Ghoul has become the go-to horror anime/manga of the past decade, and its surge in popularity garnered it a live-action movie some time in 2016. Directed by the award winning director Kentarō Hagiwara, Tokyo Ghoul is expected to stay faithful to its source material while doubling as a character study about a person who's torn between two races that are dangerously close to exterminating each other out of pure hate.

Watch the first teaser trailer for Tokyo Ghoul below.

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