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Tokyo — Winning a fierce bidding war after New Line ceded its feature production rights, Japanese major Toho will make a two-part sci-fi-horror pic based on the popular 1990s comic “Parasyte.”
Shota Sometani, who first came to international attention as a moody, violent teen in Sion Sono’s “Himizu,” will star as a teenager whose body is invaded by an alien parasite that takes over his hand instead of, like many of his fellow humans, his brain. He ends up battling for survival in a world teeming with seemingly normal but potentially deadly alien-controlled hosts.
The two-parter will begin production in Jan 2014, with »
- Mark Schilling
It’s 2199, and Earth is under attack from an alien race called the Gamilas. The assault has left the planet’s surface uninhabitable, and while the survivors huddle underground the radiation above will lead to mankind’s extinction in a year’s time. A message arrives from the previously unknown planet of Iskandar with an offer of help and designs for a special engine to travel there, pick up the device for Earth’s ailment, and return back before the year is up and humanity is doomed. The battleship Yamato, sunk during World War II, is resurrected and retrofitted into a space ship capable of making the journey across light years. A crew is assembled, and the ship sets off on a mission that will determine the fate of mankind. If the plot of Space Battleship Yamato sounds familiar but the name doesn’t it’s probably because you know it only by its American title. Star Blazers »
- Rob Hunter
McQuarrie has been attached to the film version as screenwriter since 2011, reports Deadline.
The movie will centre on survivors of an alien invasion on Earth who only have a year before deadly radiation reaches their underground stronghold. They discover advanced alien technology that will allow them to traverse the universe and save mankind from extinction.
Once he finishes up his directing duties on Mission: Impossible 5, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Jack Reacher) looks set to turn his attention to the 70s anime sci-fi series Star Blazers, with Deadline reporting that the Oscar-winner has signed on to direct a live-action adaptation for Skydance Productions.
Adapted from the Japanese anime series Space Battleship Yamato, Star Blazers was produced by Claster Television and ran for three seasons between 1979 and 1984. The plot revolved a small crew travelling 150,000 light years across space to recover a device that can save humanity from extinction following a radioactive alien attack.
According to Deadline's report, Skydance is looking at Star Blazers as a potential franchise, and the adaptation is set to be produced by McQuarrie, Josh C. Kline, David Ellison and Dana Goldberg with Shouji Nizhizaki and Paul Schwake executive producing. »
- Gary Collinson
Also known as Space Battleship Yamato, the story follows a small group of survivors after an alien race has obliterated earth. The refugees have only a year before the radiation from the attack wipes out their underground fortress. Salvation comes in the form of alien technology, which allows a select group to travel across the universe and stave off extinction.
The film is envisioned as a grand sci-fi epic, which comes on the heels of Skydance's recent hits World War Z and G.I. Joe Retaliation. Their next release is Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which was just bumped out of its Christmas release date and into 2014. The team at Skydance is also working on Terminator 5.
Skydance Productions has been trying to make a live action feature film adaptation of Star Blazers for a couple of years now, and they've finally landed a director! They've brought on Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie to direct the film, which isn't surprising as they hired him in the very beginning to write the script. McQuarrie is also known for writing films such as The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie. He's also set to direct Mission: Impossible 5.
The movie is based on the classic 1970s anime series known in Japan as Space Battleship Yamato. Here's a detailed description of what the story is about:
The story is set in the year 2199, and here's a story description... An alien race known as the "Gamilas" or "Gamilons" in the English Star Blazers dub unleash radioactive meteorite bombs on Earth, rendering the planet's surface uninhabitable. Humanity has retreated into deep underground cities, but »
- Joey Paur
Fans of the long-forgotten (but uncannily ahead of its time) Japanese anime series, Star Blazers, have cause to rejoice today. Skydance Productions has confirmed that the much in-demand Christopher McQuarrie will now not only pen the script for their impending live-action adaptation, but he will be sitting in the director’s seat as well.
If you’ll recall, it was way back in 2011 when Skydance acquired the rights to the series and quickly attached McQuarrie to write the screenplay for their new property. Since then, Star Blazers has languished in development purgatory, making today’s news a welcome surprise.
Star Blazers (in itself an American adaptation of the Japanese anime sensation Space Battleship Yamato) was first broadcast in the U.S. in 1974, where it quickly attained a cult following. The story centers on a ragtag group of survivors who flee a post-apocalyptic Earth aboard the Battleship Yamato (built from the »
- Ronnie Jimenez
Two years ago we learned that Jack Reacher director and The Usual Suspects writer Christopher McQuarrie was going to write a live-action adaptation of the 1970's animated sci-fi series Star Blazers for David Ellison's Skydance Productions. The animated series is actually an adaptation of the Japanese anime series Space Battleship Yamato which was also turned into its own live-action film. Now Deadline has word that McQuarrie will also be directing the sci-fi adventure, which will likely follow his work behind the camera on Mission: Impossible 5 (slated to shoot in February of 2014), which is also a Skydance project. Here's a synopsis of the first full season of the series: In the year 2199, the war with the planet Gamilon has turned the Earth's surface into a radioactive desert. The radiation will penetrate the bedrock protecting humanity's underground cities in another year, destroying all remaining life. A message arrives from Queen Starsha of the planet Iscandar, »
- Ethan Anderton
They’ve struck up quite a friendship over the years while working on the likes of Valkyrie and the B-movie brilliance that was Jack Reacher. Now writer/director Christopher McQuarrie and actor Tom Cruise are set to embark on another collaboration. It’s confirmed Mission: Impossible 5 is set to begin shooting in London at the beginning February. If you’re out and about in the UK capital maybe could spot a bit of action being shot with the likeable, all-smiling superstar.
Furthermore, McQuarrie has also signed on to direct and produce a live-action version 1970s anime adventure Star Blazers (aka Space Battleship Yamato) for Cruise’s Skydance Productions. It’s actually a project he wrote for the company back in 2011. Those not familiar with the sci-fi source material, it’s a story centred on an battered old spaceship in the year 2199, where it must venture to another planet and »
- Craig Hunter
Let's take a step back in time, shall we? Way back in 2011, Skydance snapped up the rights to the 1970s Japanese animation series "Star Blazers," and tapped Christopher McQuarrie to write the script for a big budget live-action film version, and then nothing was heard from it again. Well, franchise opportunities never die and this one is back on the radar. Deadline reports that McQuarrie will now also direct the film from his own script.The series, an American dub of the Japanese anime "Space Battleship Yamato," follows a spaceship, built from the remains of a WW2 battleship, that flees Earth after a war with a race known as the Gamilons. Of course, "the intention is to hatch a franchise," and so sooner or later, we reckon this one will graduate from the development chain and become an actual thing. But, as for when McQuarrie will actually get a chance to make it, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While his mind is currently preparing ways to make sure Tom Cruise doesn’t do himself an injury while tackling stunts on Mission: Impossible 5, Christopher McQuarrie is not neglecting other directing work. While he’s been attached to adapt Japanese anime conversion Star Blazers since Skydance Productions picked up the rights in 2011, he’s now stepped up to direct it as well.Star Blazers, the show, appeared back in the 1970s and itself was an adaptation of the Japanese series Space Battleship Yamato series, with the usual editing and dubbing. Considered to be one of the first truly popular crossovers from anime, the series took place on a badly polluted Earth with the human race staring extinction in the face within a year. A mysterious alien race offers them the plans to build an engine that can make their ships travel faster than ever before and a challenge that »
While doing the press rounds for Jack Reacher, director Christopher McQuarrie was not shy in admitting that he had spent the past decade in director’s jail following the disappointment of his 2000 feature directorial debut The Way of the Gun. Luckily, it looks like that slump is very much over. McQuarrie is currently prepping Mission: Impossible 5 as his next film, and he’s now added another project to his to-do list. Deadline reports that McQuarrie will direct and produce an adaptation of the 1970s anime Star Blazers for Skydance Productions. The sci-fi story revolves around an old spaceship in the year 2199 that must go to another planet and pick up a device that can save the Earth, which has been under siege from hostile aliens using radioactive warfare. Hit the jump for more, including the news of when M:i 5 will start production. McQuarrie actually came onboard Star Blazers »
- Adam Chitwood
Skydance acquired the property in 2011 and hired McQuarrie to pen the script at the time. The project became stuck in development though because of lingering rights issues.
When I spoke to McQuarrie late last year during "Jack Reacher" press rounds, he said: "[It's] the longest rights negotiation of planet Earth. I think we’re very very close to finally… there’s one last piece in the chain that needs to be worked out and when that’s done I would immediately be able to start writing that."
Known for its epic imagery and themes of brave sacrifice and respect for »
- Garth Franklin
According to Deadline, Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie will write and direct Star Blazers, a live-action adaptation of the 1970s anime TV series which was actually itself an American adaptation of the Japanese anime, Space Battleship Yamato I (1974), II (1978), and III (1980). It seems Skydance Productions are keen to hatch a new franchise from yet another take of humanities' struggle against alien invaders, who have all but annihilated Earth's population. McQuarrie, Josh Klein, David Ellison and Dana Goldberg will produce, and Shouji Nizhizaki and Paul Schwake will be exec producers. Here is an overview of the three seasons of the anime courtesy of Wikipedia. Star Blazers consists of three television seasons. Each is an English-language adaption of its Japanese Space Battleship Yamato counterpart. The Japanese saga, however, entails more than just these three TV seasons, and part of this missing portion of the saga occurs between Seasons Two and Three, »
Exclusive: Skydance Productions has set Christopher McQuarrie to write and direct Star Blazers, the live-action adaptation of the space-set 1970s anime TV series also known as Space Battleship Yamato. McQuarrie, Josh C. Kline, David Ellison and Dana Goldberg will produce, and Shouji Nizhizaki and Paul Schwake will be exec producers. Skydance had set McQuarrie to write back when it acquired the series in 2011. In the futuristic Star Blazers, Earth’s atmosphere has been obliterated by a distant alien race, and the survivors have one year before radiation will reach their underground refuge and wipe out the human race. The survivors get a shot of hope in the form of alien technology that can deliver a small crew across the universe and back with the means to stave off extinction. The intention is to hatch a franchise from a series that was ahead of its time, coming before Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Christopher McQuarrie may be directing Mission: Impossible 5 for Bad Robot and Skydance, but the writer turned director also has a potential franchise starter on the horizon as well. McQuarrie has been announced as the director of the live action version of the anime series Star Blazers. While he was already working on the screenplay for the film, McQuarrie is now helming the flick as well. Star Blazers was the American version of the anime series Space Battleship Yamato. American version »
- Alex Maidy
Skydance Productions has hired McQuarrie to direct the film they've had in the works since 2011, a live action adaptation of the oldest and most revered anime science fiction series. One of the originators of the anime boom from the 1980s, Star Blazers was an American adaption of the popular Japanese series Space Battleship Yamato, which premiered in 1979 with edits meeting the new country's broadcasting standards and practices. The plot takes place in 2199 Earth where an alien invasion has placed the entire planet in peril due to poisonous radiation. An ally appears in the form of the Iscandar, a race whose queen gives the humans plans to a space ship as a means to obtain a way to neutralize the environmental threat. All is not well as the invaders constantly place obstacles in the »
- Pietro Filipponi
Deadline is reporting that The Way of the Gun and Jack Reacher writer-director Christopher McQuarrie has signed on to write and direct the live-action adaptation of the anime Star Blazers . McQuarrie, Josh Klein, David Ellison and Dana Goldberg will produce the film under Skydance Entertainment. Originally based on the '70s Japanese anime Space Battleship Yamato , Star Blazers is described as follows: Planet Earth is counting down its final days, suffering from the deadly radiation of Gamilon Planet Bombs. From the depths of space, a message of hope arrives from Queen Starsha of Iscandar, who offers the Cosmo DNA that can cleanse Earth of its radioactive pollution and save humanity. But Iscandar is 148,000 light years away, farther than any human has ever »
War in space! Transforming super robots! Burning, hot-blooded emotional drama! Danguard Ace is a classic of Japanese animation -- created by artist Leiji Matsumoto (Space Battleship Yamato, Starzinger), and originally featured as part of the Force Five series broadcast on Us television. On November 19th, 2013, Shout! Factory will release Danguard Ace: The Movie Collection in a two DVD set. A new planet named Promete is on the verge of entering our solar system. The World Space Institute tries to reach this new world to tap its resources, but a mysterious malfunction leads to tragic consequences for the brave space pilots and their mission. Years later, the next generation of pilots, including Takuma, the son of an astronaut who disappeared during the first attempt to reach Promete, »
- Zoë Gulliksen
As a kid growing up in the 1980′s, you’d have been hard pressed not to have been influenced, even if unknowingly, by Japanese anime and culture. From Transformers to Robotech to Voltron and everything in between such as Battle of the Planets and the less popular Tranzor Z , the Japanese were responsible for creating some of the coolest giant robots and spaceships ever to appear on movie and television screens. One such ship was the Space Battleship Yamato, known in the Us as Star Blazers.
I have to admit, most of my memories of anime from my childhood contradict the facts of actually watching the shows from which my memories are derived. In short, I remember the images, toys, and models of many an anime, whether from visiting my local comic store, or somehow winding up with hand-me-down toys from my older brother and cousins. No matter the facts of said memories, »
- Dominic F
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