Akira Toriyama’s Sand Land movie adaptation will have its North American premiere in 2024. The film will first be screened at the 26th Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. The Japanese release is set for August 18, with IMAX, 4DX, and MX4D screenings. It is currently unclear what type of release the film will have in North America.
The movie’s trailer offers a glimpse into the blend of action and comedy that the story offers. It also confirms the voice cast, including Mutsumi Tamura as protagonist Beelzebub. Sunrise, the animation studio known for Mobile Suit Gundam, is responsible for producing Sand Land. Akira Toriyama expressed his excitement about the film’s adaptation, stating that the quality of the visuals is a dream come true.
Sand Land is a short manga series that was published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from May to August 2000. It tells the story of a desert world where water is scarce, and both humans and demons suffer. The plot follows demon prince Beelzebub as he searches for the legendary Phantom Lake with his companion Rao, a small-town sheriff.
The anticipation for the film has led various businesses to capitalize on its popularity. Merry Manga has re-released the manga, which is currently available for purchase on their website. Bandai Namco has also announced a video game adaptation of Sand Land, developed in Unreal Engine 5. Players will be able to control Beelzebub and explore the sand-filled world using unique vehicles.
The Sand Land manga is available in English through VIZ Media.
Overall, the Sand Land movie adaptation is highly anticipated, and fans are excited to see how Akira Toriyama’s unique story will be brought to life. The film’s North American premiere in 2024 will give audiences the opportunity to experience the desert world and its water scarcity struggles. Additionally, the re-release of the manga and the upcoming video game adaptation offer fans more ways to engage with the Sand Land universe.