It looks like the current wave of anime adaptations continues, as Deadline reported that Julius Avery of Overlord fame is going to tackle the popular sci-fi manga Gantz next. The story written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku will be penned by Marc Guggenheim with Temple Hill set to produce. The project is currently in its earliest form of development and has no production start date yet.
Ganzt explores the story of Kei Kurono and Masaru Kato. Shortly after their apparent death, they awaken in a strange room with strangers and a ominous black orb. It grants them futuristic weapons that allow them to take on aliens that have invaded Earth and may unravel a dangerous game for the safety of humanity.
The series has gotten a few spin-offs over the years and even some live-action, as well as animated adaptations. What is interesting is that they also can tackle a different corner of this universe, as we later learn that these black orbs exist across the world. So, we may get to explore a similar story from the perspective of another country as it starts to unravel moving forward.
Julius Avery is a great choice fro this adaptation, as his film Overwatch has the perfect vibe that could make a brutal story like this work in live-action. He also has experience with effects-heavy work. He’s also currently set to tackle Van Helsing for James Wan and Universal with his action-thriller Samaritan eyeing a release in the summer of 2022.