Starting this blog entry has brought me a bit of joy this late afternoon. Call it kismet, fate or serendipity but last month, during my first Young Adults anime, I showed the first episode of Star Blazers. Many, many moons ago, when I was in grade school, I would get up around 6am to watch this show. I was totally hooked at such a young age that almost some 40 years later, here I am introducing this show to a new audience. I remember how truly awesome the space battles were and how each episode ended with how many days were left for the crew of the Yamato to save Earth.
On a side note, I remembered there was a live action movie some time ago but never seen it other than the trailer. I’ve posted the trailer below for your amusement.
Now having said this, not all live action anime work. Wicked City is one movie I remembered watching the anime but the live action was a lot of nonsense. I’m just wondering if there will be a more Americanized version of this movie ala Godzilla which will make this movie suck even more.
What’s your take?
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.