Manga's march to big screens in the U.S. continues, as The Hollywood Reporter dropped the news today that Mandalay Pictures has acquired the rights to (and will develop) an adaptation based on Shoji Gatoh's "Full Metal Panic!"
Adding to the announcement is a report that Zac Efron (of "High School Musical" fame) might be connected to the project, but exactly what level of involvement he'll have wasn't known.
The series tells the story of a teenage commando charged with protecting a high school girl believed to have magical powers.
Known for being solid mixture of action, comedy and high school romance, "Panic!" debuted as a manga in 1998 and has subsequently spawned three anime adaptations. The films have since been produced as English-language versions and released in the U.S. by ADV Films.
Given Efron's recent interest in flexing his action muscles with films like "Jonny Quest," could the young actor be up for the lead role of Sousuke Sagara (the aforementioned commando)? Let the speculation begin!
Have you had a chance to check out "Full Metal Panic!" yet? If so, do you think Zac Efron would be good for a live-action adaptation? Let's hear what you have to say in the comments.