news culture Berserk: Christophe Gans (Silent Hill) ready to work “gratos” on a film or a Live Action series
Among the outstanding works of Japanese comics, we can mention Dragon Ball, One Piece, Akira, Gunnm, etc. However, another saga born on paper marked fans of Heroic-Hantasy and more precisely of Dark Fantasy… Berserk. Christophe Gans, during an interview granted to the editorial staff of JV, confided to us his burning desire to work on a Live Action adaptation of Kentaro Miura’s manga. He would even be ready to work for nothing.
- A Live Action adaptation of Berserk?
- A sequel to the Berserk manga!
A Live Action adaptation of Berserk?
The universe imagined, scripted and illustrated by Miura Sensei has been brought to the screen several times in the past. Japanese anime lovers surely remember with nostalgia the 1997 animated seriesof the golden age trilogy or even of the series made in 3D and aired between 2016 and 2017. There have also been three video game adaptations, the first named Sword of the Berserk: Guts’ Rage was released in 1999-2000 on Dreamcast. The second most recent (2017) and available on PS4, PS Vita and PC took the name of Berserk and the Band of the Hawk. A last game was born only in Japan on PS2 in 2004: Berserk: Millennium Falcon Hen Seima Senki no Shō.
As crazy as it may seem, there has been no live action adaptation of the Berserk manga. The directors are perhaps hesitant in the face of the titanic task to be accomplished. However, a French director would be totally in favor of developing a Live Action series or film and even ready to offer his services without any consideration, except the pleasure of working on such a project. Here are the words of Christophe Gans (Crying Freeman, Le Pacte des Loups, Silent Hill).
Berserk is an absolute masterpiece. I loved the very first anime series. The way the characters are embodied is simply phenomenal.
Berserk is adaptable to live action. It’s real chivalry, at its best, but also at its darkest. The relationship between the characters, in particular the triangle between Guts, Casca and Griffith is so complex and heavy, that the film would be directly banned for at least 16 years old. In any case I will make the adaptation “gratos”. The script is sublime, and there are memorable scenes, like the one taking place at night where Guts and Casca are attacked by mercenaries. This on-screen scene would be to die for. – Christophe Gans (director)
A sequel to the Berserk manga!
The death of Kentaro Miura on May 6, 2021 seemed to have marked the end of the Berserk manga. After long months of waiting and uncertainty, the fantastic work of the sensei will resume for the greatest pleasure, but also the greatest fear of the fans. According to a letter from the Japanese publishing house, Gaga studios are now responsible for continuing the adventures of Guts, Casca and Griffith. The author would have even entrusted shortly before his death to his friends and his teams several ideas concerning the story and the characters. They will thus publish six chapters in order to complete the narrative arc initiated and still in progress before starting a new part of the saga.