Alchemy’s Back in Season, Contractors as Well?
Well for fans who felt jilted by the way Conqueror of Shamballa ended BONES’ adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist, rejoice! It appears that a new series, one that will follow Arakawa’s original plot much more closely, is now in the works and BONES’ is back on board to spearhead the production of the remake.
Rumors about a possible follow-up to the Fullmetal Alchemist and Darker Than Black franchises first hit the net when a document from BONES’ corporate offices was somehow uploaded to a public anonymous file exchange site. In it included the contact information and addresses for several of the company’s animation staff as well as purported credits for upcoming projects including sequels for Fullmetal Alchemist and Darker Than Black. An internal investigation conducted by BONES concluded that no such document had ever existed within the company and was most likely created by an unknown entity with possible malicious intent.
Fast forward a little over a month, and now we know from the dust jacket advertisements on the 20th volume of the FMA manga that BONES will indeed be taking another shot at animating the series. No word yet if Yasuhiro Irie, the staffer implicated in the counterfeit document, has been attached as the new series’ director. Supplemental information from MOON PHASE seem to indicate that the remake series, like its predecessor, will be a year-long production penciled in for a possible premiere sometime in April 2009.
Haha, all us Darker Than Black fans can hope for is to have Tensei Okamura eventually announced as the director to a sequel for the also unsatisfactorily concluded DtB.
~ by djudge on August 20, 2008.