Gantz creator Hiroya Oku does not appear to be involved in the film

An image of Gantz characters all holding guns against a red background.

Hollywood is making a live action Gantz modifications, according to Deadline, Julius Avery from overlord fame that led the project. Did you hear? Because Hiroya Oku, the manga artist who created Gantz, didn’t have.

okus Gantz manga debuted in 2000 and ran until 2013. Weekly young jump magazine. It spawned an anime, a video game, a Japanese live-action movie, and a CGI version.

As mentioned earlier, Deadline reports that Avery will direct the adaptation; however, this has yet to be officially announced. Next to the helm the horror movie overlord, Avery also previously wrote and directed the 2014 crime film Son of a gun and is currently working Samaritan, which is based on the graphic novels of the same name, and starring Sylvester Stallone.

This report was news to Oku, who wrote on Twitterthat this was “the first he heard of this”. (Note that Oku’s tweet also mentioned that Marc Guggenheim, who co-created and wrote Arrow, took care of the script. This is something he was asked about last year, and he replied with a shhh emoji.)

“I previously signed the contract [to make the live-action Hollywood movie], but I didn’t know it was progressing,” he added on Twitter.

Online in Japan, some fans are raving about the message about Avery’s involvement, but others are slightly uneasy at the fact that it appears that Oku isn’t really involved in the production – or that he doesn’t even seem to know what’s going on with the production. the.

In August, Oku spoke to crunchy rolls (through CBR) on the Hollywood version, explaining that he couldn’t make a new one Gantz anime until Hollywood gave it back the rights.

“Yeah, I can’t go into all the details on that subject, but a Hollywood company does have the rights to adapt Gantz right now, and unless they give us back the rights, we won’t be able to make an anime or live-action adaptation of the manga,” he said at the time. “That’s the Hollywood type of contract; they own all the adaptations, including anime and live-action, except manga.”

The contract was signed in 2020 and apparently gives the rights to Hollywood for at least the next four years.

“I have not been made aware of how the Hollywood adaptation is going and whether it will actually be made,” he continued in his… crunchy rolls interview. “It is likely that Covid-19 has interrupted many new projects there, and Gantz is probably one of them.”

“If that’s the case, I’d like to have the rights back,” he added. Or at least get a warning as who is direct the image.

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