Upcoming APPLESEED ALPHA Film Will Be A Reboot-Slash-Prequel

Masamune Shirow's manga "Appleseed" has been adapted for the cinema several times already, and according to IGN.com, this summer we can add a new one: Appleseed Alpha.

Details are sketchy, but apparently this is a "reboot" taking place before the previous films, with female supersoldier Deunan and her cyborg friend Briareos still traveling through a post-war wasteland, looking for the city Olympia. Sounds like a prequel to the previous two films, rather than a reboot, but it can (of course) be both.

As evidenced by the first screenshot seen above, this will once again be a cg-animated film. Aramaki Shinji, who also directed Appleseed and Appleseed: Ex Machina, will take the helm. The production is in the hands of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Lucent Pictures Entertainment, and its release is planned for "this summer".
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  • Garlador

    I VERY much enjoyed the first two Appleseed movies. Though I'm wary of yet ANOTHER "reboot" (Appleseed XIII wasn't that long ago), the return of Shinji Aramaki is greatly appreciated.

    Concerning being "faithful" to the manga... I've read the manga. Like Ghost in the Shell, the manga isn't bad, but I find the more recent adaptations to be significantly better handled.

  • Marcel Samson

    Sounds like a reboot to me. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't she only meet the new and improved Briaireos in the first movie? So in a straight up prequel, she couldn't have met him yet, right?

    I enjoyed the previous films for it's sometimes great visuals, but the rest was kind of your typical pretentious anime stuff...

  • Ard Vijn

    Ships, you're correct! After having seen the films, I read the manga, so I must have melded that all together in my mind.

  • Bos

    I enjoyed a lot both Appleseed and Appleseed: Ex Machina. I will gladly watch a movie about the great war we saw at the beginning of the first movie.
    Quite hyped right now, thanks for the news

  • Lets just hope they stick closer to the manga this time round. If it is
    indeed a reboot then this will be the fourth attempt at an adaption and
    hopefully they'll get it right at last. The other attempts are simply
    awful, especially Aramaki's first Appleseed. Not quite sure how they
    keep managing to screw it up.

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