Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac was an iconic anime/manga series which launched back in the 80s, and now Sony Pictures is set to bring Seiya into live-action with the upcoming movie, Knights of the Zodiac.
Check out the first trailer:
The official synopsis reads:
Based on the international anime sensation, Knights of the Zodiac brings the Saint Seiya saga to the big screen in live-action for the first time. Seiya (Mackenyu), a headstrong street teen, spends his time fighting for cash while he searches for his abducted sister. When one of his fights unwittingly taps into mystical powers he never knew he had, Seiya finds himself thrust into a world of warring saints, ancient magical training and a reincarnated goddess who needs his protection. If he’s to survive, he will need to embrace his destiny and sacrifice everything to take his rightful place among the Knights of the Zodiac.
Admittedly, when I first saw the trailer, I thought that the film kind of looked like it was trying too hard to be Warcraft or Final Fantasy, but looking at the original anime, you can see that a lot of the visuals are kept, even Seiya’s Pegasus armor. Here’s the original anime intro for context:
If I do have one gripe, it’s that the live-action movie seems to have all the colors muted—not unlike the look for Marvel movies. I guess I would have loved to see more color on Seiya and the other characters, but I guess this film can still work without it.
Seiya comes to screens when Knights of the Zodiac hits theaters on May 12.