Video game adaptations have mostly been criticized by a large majority of cinema-goers for a lack of care from the studios, filmmakers and the original source itself. With next year seeing the release of Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, another new film to join this slate of adaptations and it is based the critically successful Phoenix Wright : Ace Attorney series featured on the Nintendo DS.
For those who may not know the story nor the games themselves, each game follows defense lawyer Phoenix Wright who takes on various lawyers and tries to solve cases to protect his clients. Even though it may not sound interesting at first, it is the way that each case is presented and the completely ridiculous presentation that has made them so recognizable both in Japan and internationally.
Recently announced to be released sometime in Japan in early 2012, the film already has some impressive talent to back-up the film. Only three cast members have been revealed to play some of the many characters that will feature in the film and what we know right away is that they have all featured on various television shows within Japan. Hiroki Hariyama will play the lead character of Phoenix Wright, with Takumi Saito playing Wright’s rival Miles Edgeworth and Mirei Kiritani to play the lead character’s psychic assistant Maya Fey.
But what has gotten me and many other people excited was the fact that it will be directed by legendary Japanese director Takashi Miike, who previously directed Audition, Ichi the Killer and 13 Assassins. With the creative filmmaker behind the camera, it should hopefully be the zany and crazy film that should capture the same qualities of the over-the-top games.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is due for release in Japan early next year, with a UK release date yet to be confirmed.