Steins Gate: The Barrier that prevented its live-action adaptation

Some Japanese works are so good that they become landmarks, like Steins Gate, a work that originally came from the world of video games, specifically the genre of visual novels that were very successful.

The visual novel Steins Gate was developed by 5pb and Nitroplus and was released on October 15, 2009 for the Xbox 360 console, on August 26, 2010 for Windows and on June 23, 2011 for PSP.

Steins Gate

In addition to having different installments that are released to this day, it has a manga adaptation that is done by Yomi Sarachi and began its publication in the Monthly Comic Alive magazine of Media Factory since September 2009. Also, 3 other manga series would be published.

On April 6, 2011, the visual novel Steins Gate would premiere its anime adaptation, which consisted of a total of 24 episodes, 1 OVA and 1 movie. In addition, the White Fox animation studio was in charge of the production of the series under the direction of Hiroshi Hamasaki and Takuya Sato, and it is available legally through the Funimation platform who made a Latin Spanish dubbing for the anime.

On April 12, 2018, the anime «Steins Gate» would premiere the sequel titled «Steins Gate 0» which consisted of a total of 23 episodes and 1 OVA. The White Fox animation studio was in charge of the production of the series under the direction of Kenichi Kawamura.


Were we close to seeing a Steins Gate live action?

And the answer is yes, since Chiyomaru Shikura himself, the creator of all the franchises belonging to SCIENCE ADVENTURE and former president of MAGES, through a television program gave information about what could have been with respect to a live-action adaptation of Steins;Gate.

Shikura had been very optimistic about the live-action, because the producer who would have been in charge was someone whose work he admired, he did not name the producer or the studio that would have worked on the live-action adaptation of Steins;Gate. However, during the discussions, the studio stated that they wanted a certain actor to play the protagonist Rintaro Okabe.

Although Shikura already had in his mind the actor who could fit with Okarin’s character, he decided to look further and requested Tomoya Nagase, who he thought could play Okarin. However, the producer replied that they could not get Nagase and that, anyway, the decision on who to choose was not in the hands of the producer. As a result, Shikura decided to reject the offer and therefore the live-action of Steins;Gate never came to fruition.

Steins;Gate Anime

Synopsis de Steins Gate:

The self-proclaimed mad scientist Rintarou Okabe rents a room in an old and ruined building in Akihabara, where he indulges in his hobby of inventing future “gadgets” with other members of the laboratory: Mayuri Shiina, his childhood friend, and Hashida Itaru , a perverted hacker nicknamed “Daru”. The three spend time playing with their most promising gadget so far, a machine called the “Phone Microwave”, which performs the strange function of transforming bananas into piles of green gel.

Although miraculous in itself, the phenomenon does not provide anything concrete in Okabe’s quest for a scientific breakthrough; that is, until laboratory members are driven into action by a series of mysterious events before stumbling upon an unexpected success: The phone microwave can send emails to the past, altering history flow.