Anyone out there remember an old 70s anime by the name of Star Blazers? Ya know, the one with the giant battleship that flew through space? Somewhere in the back of my memory this cartoon lurks, and with it are pleasant memories. Now, even those with absolutely no familiarity with this old property are going to get a taste of it soon, as the powers-that-be have declared that Star Blazers is the next product to undergo the big-screen adaptation treatment. (more…)
In a few short weeks Japanese audiences will see the return of the Yamato to their TV screens with premiere of Space Battleship Yamato 2199. The human race has been crushed in their war with the Gamilos and isn’t expected to last much more than a year. The faint hope of some alien beating technology is on the other side of the galaxy and it is up to the Yamato to retrieve it and save us all!
So, it’s your standard Yamato/Star Blazers fare. No word yet on any North American release/redub, but to hold you over Bandai has dumped 10 minutes footage on YouTube.
Prepare your anime boner and hit the jump to watch.
A couple of months ago Nerdbastards let y’all know about the Japanese Live Action Space Battleship Yamato; StarBlazers as geeky anime nerds (That’s Me!) of the United States know it. There was a bitching trailer and the film opened December 2010. Space Battleship Yamato debuted at number 1 on the Japanese box-office, ousting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1). It was reported that the film made 11 million in the first five days, that’s half it’s reported budget.
Zac Bertschy of the Anime News Network rated the film a B, calling it “a thoroughly modernized adaptation, one that hits the gas pedal right out of the gate and doesn’t stop for a moment, unashamed to just try and entertain the hell out of you.”
So now David Ellison’s Skydance Productions has negotiated a rights deal to turn the 1970s American animated version Star Blazers into a big budget, live action movie. It’s expected that Christopher McQuarrie will write the script, with Ellison and Josh Kline producing. I wasn’t really impressed until I remembered that McQuarrie wrote one of my favorite movies, The Usual Suspects, as well as The Way of the Gun. Now many people will raise the “Whitewashing” question when this film gets cast with Caucasian actors. I’m OK with it in this version as it is an adaptation of an American adaptation. I guess twice removed is far enough away for me to just say, “I don’t really give a crap, just give me a fun movie.
My hope is that the film will be gritty and not that Flyboys type nonsense that Ellison was in before. Click through to see the video of my worst fears of an American Starblazers remake. I guess it could get worse . . . Jack Black could play the role of Captain Avatar, what a mess that would be. Farting on the bridge of the Space Battleship Argo during battle would just not be right.
Well, it seems that Gundam isn’t the only one that’s borrowing music talent from America as the new trailer for the upcoming live action Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers) features a new single by Steven Tyler. That’s right the lead singer from Aerosmith will be singing a song for Japan’s space drama epic (as one of the earliest trailer describes the movie). Apparently Tyler created the song based on reading a translated script and watching some clips from the movie… yeah.
Anyway, the trailer features some more battle scenes and *gasp* death but it seems to be following the Anime. Also, all my worries about SMAP pretty boy, Takuya Kimura, playing the lead has pretty much disappeared as new trailers come out and reading more about the film. What do y’all think? You think we’ll see this come over to the states as the Star Blazers flick next year or will this be kept over in Japan with other live action anime films?
While most live action adaptation of anime haven’t been too successful, such as Dragonball Evolution and Devilman, we do get a few decent ones, like Speed Racer and Death Note. Space Battleship Yamato, which was dubbed as Star Blazers back in the day over here in the US, is so far looking meh in the acting department. While they are going around saying that this will be Japan’s biggest Sci-fi movie by using the most up to date computer technology to recreate the awesome space battles the anime had, the special effects does indeed look good.
With the pretty good looking special effects and having Tsutomu Yamazaki (Tampopo) as Captain Juzo Okita, as well as Kazuki Kitamura (Godzilla: Final Wars) as Dessler, I do have some hope for the film. Of course, this film will do well in Japan because of Takuya Kimura, who plays the role of Susumu Kodai, since he is the well known pretty boy of SMAP. The film is set for a December 1st, 2010 release. What do ya’ll think? Is this a step up from the usual live action anime film or will this fail like the rest?