Full Metal Panic Coming to the Big Screen

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Mandalay Pictures has acquired theatrical rights to and will develop a big-screen version of “Full Metal Panic,” a Japanese manga series that blends action, comedy and high school romance, says The Hollywood Reporter.

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.

“Panic,” which is set in a world almost exclusively without adults, is known for mixing visceral action with wry comedy.

Zac Efron’s name has surfaced in connection with “Panic,” with the actor holding a conversation on the project, adds the trade. He’s also potentially attached to the Warner Bros. adventure Jonny Quest.

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