The long-teased Hollywood live-action movie adaptation of Root Letter has appeared, and it will launch in American theaters on September 1, 2022. A one-and-a-half-minute-long trailer for the movie is available to watch on YouTube.
While the Hollywood movie will change the characters and locations from the Japanese visual novel, the storyline will still be similar. Danny Ramirez will play the role of Carlos, a teenager who used to exchange letters with his distant pen pal Sarah (performed by Keana Marie). When Sarah goes missing after she sends a final letter claiming she killed someone, Carlos travels to her hometown and interrogates her friends to try to find her.
Kadokawa Games first announced the Hollywood movie adaptation of Root Letter in November 2018. The Japanese game publisher initially worked with Akatsuki Entertainment USA to produce the live-action movie. The new trailer reveals that Ammo Entertainment will finish the movie and release it in theaters.
Root Letter originated as an illustrated visual novel released for PlayStation 4 and Vita in 2016. Kadokawa Games then released a new version with live Japanese actors, dubbed Root Letter: Last Answer, in 2018. Kadokawa announced that it has sold over 500,000 units of all Root Letter games combined worldwide as of April 2022.
The Root Letter live-action movie will be available in select theaters and on-demand services on September 1, 2022.