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Published On: Tue, Feb 22nd, 2011

Live action ‘Star Blazers’ film moves forward with Christopher McQuarrie

The classic anime TV series was a favorite of mine as a kid so I’m totally geeked about the possibility. Even with a “Battlestar” style adaptation, this could be really entertaining.

Star blazers TPB comic book coverDeadline reports that “David Ellison’s Skydance Productions is negotiating a rights deal to turn the 1970s animated science fiction TV series Star Blazers into a large scale live action feature. Ellison will hire Christopher McQuarrie to write the script, with Ellison and Josh C. Kline producing with McQuarrie. The series was based on the Japanese anime series Space Battleship Yamato. Both are described as “space opera,” involving alien invasions, the near extinction of the human race, and a last dash journey through space to save the planet.”

The basic plot follows WWII battleship-turned spacecraft Yamata and its attempts to rescue the Earth by finding radiation-emitting technology in space.

Christopher McQuarrie found fame with his script The Usual Suspects.

Starblazers begins when Earth is attacked by Gamilon, a distant planet. The radiation from Gamilon’s planet bombs forces everyone on Earth underground. With no way to remove the radiation, all life on Earth will be wiped out in one year. The Earth then receives unexpected help from Queen Starsha of the planet Iscandar, who offers a device called “Cosmo DNA” which will remove the radiation. However, since Iscandar is 148,000 light years away, Starsha also sends plans for the experimental Wave Motion Engine that, when constructed, will aid whoever can travel to Iscandar. On Earth, a crew is recruited, headed by Captain Avatar, and an old sunken battleship (the Yamato) is transformed into a spaceship (the Argo), outfitted with the Wave Motion Engine, and sent to Iscandar. (Source)

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  1. ‘Star Blazers’ live action film moves ahead with Christopher McQuarrie directing - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] has been set to helm Skydance Productions’ Star Blazers, two and a half years after he was hired to write […]

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