The members of Mithril are ready to tell their tale once again.
Earlier today, Full Metal Panic! light novel illustrator Shikidouji announced that a “director’s cut” of the original Full Metal Panic! anime is in the works. This new production will be a film trilogy that includes new footage.
— 四季童子@フルメタIV放映中 (@shikidoji) September 20, 2017
Rough Translation: “Full Metal Panic!”‘s first anime series is getting a Director’s Cut edition. The work will be a theatrical trilogy.
As of press time, details on the film’s release timing, staff, or the like are still unknown. That said, the show’s fourth season, subtitled Invisible Victory, is still on track for a Spring 2018 release.
The original Full Metal Panic! anime is based on Shoji Gatoh (writer) and Shikidouji’s (illustrator) light novel series of the same name. The 2002 series was directed by Koichi Chigira (Last Exile, Tokyo Babylon) at Gonzo and Digimation, with Osamu Horiuchi (Ga-Rei-Zero, New Cutey Honey) providing character designs. The team of Fumihiko Shimo, Koichi Chigira, and Masashi Sogo wrote the scripts.
Funimation currently holds the rights to Full Metal Panic!, along with sequel series Fumoffu! and The Second Raid. They describe the show as:
Kaname’s a popular girl at her high school, but it’s her popularity off campus that’s the problem. Unbeknownst to Kaname, terrorists are plotting her abduction, believing she possesses the abilities of the “Whispered.” That’s where Sousuke enters the picture. He’s a soldier from Mithril, a secret counter-terrorist unit—and he’s going undercover at Kaname’s school to try and keep her safe.