Sony Pictures and Toei Animation are currently reportedly preparing to launch a live-action film Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac. The film will be adapted from the classic 1980s manga and anime series. Live-action film production Saint Seiya this has been completed by the relevant parties, after filming in Hungary and Croatia.
The project stars Japanese actor Mackenyu (Pacific Rim: Uprising, Rurouni Kenshin: The Final), and Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), who plays Seiya, and Sienna. Joining them are Sean Bean, Famke Janssen (X-Men), Nick Stahl (The Man Without a Face), Diego Tinoco (On My Block), and Mark Dacascos (John Wick: Chapter 3-Parabellum). Bean will play Alman Kiddo, the man who recruited Seiya into the Knight order.
Saint Seiya or Knights of the Zodiac created by Masami Kurumada in 1986. Due to its popularity, it has spawned an anime adaptation from Toei Animation, followed by five animated films and several spin-off manga. The story tells the story of mystical warriors known as Saints or The Saints, who received their powers from the constellations. They are tasked with defending the reincarnated goddess Athena from the invasion of other Olympian gods, who seek to take over Earth.
This live-action film is described as an origin story. The synopsis reads:
Mackenyu plays Seiya, an orphan who lives on the streets and is the hero of this story. When the mystical energy known as Cosmo awakens within him, Seiya embarks on a journey to conquer the ancient Greek armor Pegasus and choose his side in the battle to determine the fate of Sienna (Iseman), a young girl who struggles to control the power within her.
Film Saint Seiya The live-action version is directed by Polish filmmaker Tomasz Baginski (The Witcher) from a screenplay written by Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken (10 Cloverfield Lane). Veteran stuntman, and martial arts action choreographer, Andy Cheng, who recently worked at Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringsis also involved in the project as the action and combat coordinator.