Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie really has a thing for comics and cartoons. The acclaimed scribe has been tapped to write a big screen adaptation of the 1970s animated series, Star Blazers. The film will be produced by Skydance Productions, who plans on turning the property into a live action tentpole.
If Star Blazers was before your time allows us to clue you in. The series was an American remake of the Japanese cartoon “Space Battleship Yamato.” “Yamato” debuted in 1974 and “Star Blazers” hit the scene in 1978. Some of the same footage was used from the original Japanese production for the U.S. versions of the show. They simply re-dubbed it with English speaking actors and re-cut some of the scenes. It’s similar to what’s been done with “Dragon Ball” and the early incarnations of the “Power Rangers.”
McQuarrie currently has his hands full with the upcoming sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine entitled The Wolverine. Prior to that, he’s written screenplays for The Usual Suspects, The Way of the Gun, and Valkyrie.
What do you think of a McQuarrie adapting a feature version of Star Blazers? Were you a fan of the show?