Mandalay Pictures announced it has snatched the big screen movie rights to the Japanese manga series Full Metal Panic.

The property derives from writer Shoji Gatoh’s series about a teenage anti-terrorist commando named Sousuke Sagara who is given the mission to protect a high-school girl with mystical powers.

Word being passed around is that Zac Efron may play the lead role, meaning the movie could very easily be a live action adaptation instead of animated flick.

via THR

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  1. Deus257
    April 7, 2009 at 10:26 am — Reply

    Damn, I liked this show too. I hope to god they decide not too make a film out of it, especially if efron is in the lead role.

  2. MaximusRift
    April 7, 2009 at 11:53 am — Reply

    Full Metal Panic! is one of the most fun anime I’ve ever watched. I highly recommend that the MSP crew watch it as I feel that you would enjoy it. However, this being made into an American movie fills me with doubts.

    I really would like to see piloted giant robots, but it worries me that this will just be Full Metal Panic! in name only like a certain other film based off an anime. FMP! is a great story that deserves a good treatment and get completely butchered because certain foreign thigs would bother Joe Schmo.

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