Capcom has confirmed that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will be made into a live-action feature film. The rumors turned out to be true, as Mr. Takashi Miike of Crows Zero and Thirteen Assassins fame will be lending his directorial talents to the film.
Phoenix Wright, will be played by Mr. Hiroki Narimiya, while rival prosecutor, Miles Edgeworth, will be played by Mr. Takumi Saito. Pheonix’s assistant and spirit medium Maya Fey will be played by Ms. Mirei Kiritani. Production management will be handled by Nippon Television Network Corporation and distribution will be handled by Toho Co., Ltd. The movie is scheduled to be released in early Spring 2012 at all Toho Cinemas nation-wide.
While a U.S. release is not necessarily out of the question, it seems at this point that Ace Attorney is being made for Japanese markets. A stateside release would certainly be nice but hopefully it would be subtitled and not over-dubbed. Sure, hearing “objection” at theaters would be awesome but hearing it from some voice-over artist and not the actor himself would not have the same impact.
With so many other avenues of distribution available to films these days, the chances of U.S. Ace Attorney fans seeing the film are certainly greater than they would have been even just a few years ago. This movie could be the perfect fit for Netflix, Xbox, or PS3 download or streaming. Theaters would be better, yes, but getting the film here one way or another is always best.
The games were certainly a lot of fun and had a great sense of humor. It will be interesting to see how it all comes across on the big screen – when the player is not in control. Hopefully the movie turns out great and inspires many successful sequels. We need more good game-to-movie adaptions – as there currently aren’t that many (if any).
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