The upcoming movie adaptation of ultimate dark fantasy manga Berserk was recently confirmed as being comprised of a trilogy covering the manga’s “golden age” section, and the first trailer has also been released.
The first movie is to be released to cinemas in January of 2012.
Berserk mangaka Kentaro Miura even tore himself away from his Xbox 360 for long enough to comment:
I never expected to be blessed with another chance at a video adaptation. The old anime version of Berserk was where we received our first widespread recognition. 14 years on, I think the new movie will be greeted as a perfection of that vision by fans and movie watchers alike.
14 years ago my skills were crude, and I was franticly working to keep the serialisation going (don’t say anything!). Added to that, back then Japan had no Amazon and hardly any Internet – for a rookie mangaka there was virtually no way to get details on medieval armour and history. I used my “Excalibur” movie pamphlet until it was ragged.
Times have moved on – now we are in the information age, and we have CG as well! I’m confident that this time around the movie will attain levels of visual accomplishment I could never have achieved back then.
Expect a quality Hollywood remake sometime in the next decade…