The entertainment industry news source Deadline has reported that Sony’s Columbia Pictures has ordered a feature film script of Akihito Tsukushi’s Made in Abyss manga from writer and director Kevin McMullin. Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment and Mobius Productions’ Masi Oka are producing the project, after previously collaborating on the 2017 Death Note film (as well as its planned sequel) and the live-action The Promised Neverland series in development at Amazon.
In the story of Made in Abyss, an enormous pit and cave system called the “Abyss” is the only unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures reside in its depths, and it is full of precious relics that current humans are unable to make. The mysteries of the Abyss fascinate humans, and they head down to explore. The adventurers who venture into pit are known as “Cave Raiders.” A little orphan girl named Riko lives in the town of Ōrth on the edge of the Abyss. Her dream is to become a Cave Raider like her mother and solve the mysteries of the cave system. One day, Riko starts exploring the caves and discovers a robot who resembles a human boy.
Tsukushi launched the manga on Takeshobo’s Web Comic Gamma website in 2012. Seven Seas Entertainment publishes the manga in English.
The first 13-episode television anime series based on the manga premiered on Japanese television in July 2017. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series and released it on Blu-ray Disc in October 2018. The English-subtitled version of the show streamed in the United States on Amazon’s Anime Strike service, and HIDIVE streamed the series outside of the United States. The dub is also streaming on HIDIVE.
The first compilation film for the anime, Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn (Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake), opened in Japanese theaters in January 2019, followed by the second film, Made in Abyss: Wandering Twilight (Made in Abyss: Hōrō Suru Tasogare), two weeks later. Sentai Filmworks premiered the first film in Los Angeles in March 2019, before it opened in theaters later that month. Sentai Filmworks premiered the second film in Rosemont, Illinois in May 2019, before it opened in theaters in the United States later that month. Both compilation films are streaming on HIDIVE.
Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul, a sequel film to the first season, opened in Japanese theaters in January 2020. Sentai Filmworks premiered the movie in select theaters in the United States and Canada in August 2020. Sentai Filmworks again screened the film virtually in September 2020, and HIDIVE will begin streaming the film on June 28, 2021.
The second television season titled Made in Abyss: Retsujitsu no Ōgonkyō (Made in Abyss: The Sun Blazes Upon the Golden City) will air in 2021.