Do you remember the original ‘Star Blazers’ series? It aired in the 70s and developed quite a following. Well, fans will be thrilled to hear that David Ellison’s production company is in negotiations right now. What does this mean for you? It means that ‘Star Blazers’ may be coming to you in a live-action feature sometime in the future!
According to Deadline, Ellison will be hiring Christopher McQuarrie to write the script, with Ellison, Josh C. Kline and McQuarrie producing it. The series was originally based on the Japanese anime series ‘Space Battleship Yamato.’ They are considered “adult cartoons” because they involve alien invasions, war and death, the near extinction of the human race, and a final attempt to save the planet.
No date has been set for release since the movie is still in the negotiations phase. But as more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to let you know.
‘Star Blazers’ is the American adaptation of the Japanese series entitled Space Battleship Yamato I, II and III. It was first broadcast in the United States in 1979, and it quickly became the first English-translated anime that had a storyline that required the episodes to be viewed in chronological order in order to understand the plot.
Dedicated fans of ‘Space Blazers’ regarded it as more “adult themed” than other cartoons shown in the U.S. at the time. This is due to aspects in the story line that were left intact, such as personal tragedy, funeral scenes for fallen comrades, and the extinction faced by humanity. The Japanese “code of honor” was a very important aspect in the show and was left intact as well. In addition, it played a vital role in the development in the major villain of the first series, Desslok, during the second and third seasons.
While there have been several animated film versions produced as well as one live action film produced and released in Japan, this new live action film would be the first English language film produced to date.
Stay tuned for more information on this upcoming venture as it becomes available.