Capcom has made a simple statement, starting with the announcement "It was all true." The company is referring to this week's hot rumour, that Japanese cult director Takashi Miike would be directing the film adaptation of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
On the Capcom-Unity site today, the Japanese-only live-action film was officially announced, scheduled for release in early Spring 2012. No word as yet on an English version, but I don't think it's too much to hope for a subtitled release if we all cross our fingers.
We still don't know too much about the upcoming feature film, but can confirm that the star - Phoenix Wright - will be played by Hiroki Narimiya. Takumi Saito will play rival prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, and Phoenix's assistant (and spirit medium!) Maya Fey will be played by Mirei Kiritani.
As we suspected, Takashi Miike will be sitting in the director's chair, while Nippon Television Network Corporation handles production, and Toho Co. Ltd deals with distribution.
This is the first time the Ace Attorney courtroom drama will appear on the big screen, but it's definitely not Capcom's first outing. The company's most recent film - Resident Evil: Afterlife broke box-office records for the franchise, and paved the way for full-length CG movie Resident Evil: Damnation, currently in production.
This one should be a little different, though - the first Ace Attorney game was released in 2001, and in the ten years since has shipped more than 4.1 million units around the world, also inspiring comic books, mobile games and the inevitable wave of merchandise. Musically, the franchise has also been turned into an orchestral concert featuring the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and a stage musical presented by the Takarazuka Revue.
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