Two months after we got our hands on the first stills for the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist live-action movie, the official twitter announced yesterday that the 3-month long filming for the movie has ended on August 26th. The filming started in July in Tuscany, Italy, before moving to Japan. The film is set to release sometime in Winter 2017.
Fullmetal Alchemist is based on a manga by author Hiromu Arakawa with the same name. The manga revolves around the journey of state alchemist Edward Elric (played by Yamada Ryosuke in the live-action) and his brother Alphonse Elric who are looking for a philosopher stone in order to repair their mistake of trying to revive their dead mother. The manga ran from 2001 to 2010 in Square Enix’s Monthly Gangan.
The official twitter also mentioned that Arakawa-sensei paid a visit to the filming set.
“Arakawa-sensei’s surprise visit! In the middle of the very hot shooting, the original manga author of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series, Hiromu Arakawa-sensei visited a set! She gave words of appreciation to the ‘Hagaren’ team, and looked at the delicately crafted costumes and set in fascination, then was satisfied with that they beautifully expressed the images of the world of Fullmetal Alchemist.”
“Thank you very much, Arakawa-sensei! After the tour of the set, she draw an illustration directly on the board for the memorial photo shooting. Thanks to this surprise, the morale of the ‘Hagaren’ team rose to the highest level. Then we concentrated all our energies on the last spurt of the three-month shooting.”