Anime With Normal Name, ‘Star Blazers’, May Come To Big Screen

Monday, February 21 by

It took a few years, but every American cartoon property – Garfield Yogi Bear, Alvin and the Motherf*cking Chipmunks – has been made into a movie. Now where will Hollywood turn for movie ideas, in their concerted effort to avoid making anything original? Japan, of course.

Skydance Productions is actively pursuing the rights to “Star Blazers, the American redubbed version of 70s anime series that was first called “Space Battleship Yamato.” Actually, for an anime title, that name isn’t so crazy. I feel like it should have been called “Space Battleship Victory Romance Schoolgirl Turbo Adventures.”

Skydance, run by son-of-a-bazillionaire David Ellison (his dad runs Oracle, one of the most boring computer companies ever), was behind the endlessly awesome True Grit. If the deal goes through, he’ll hire screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), producer Josh C. Kline and Deputy Captain Derek Wildstar, a hotheaded kid who will eventually become a wise leader. The original series is a “space opera” that centers around a starship crew and their kooky adventures. Actually, it’s already been made into a live action movie, but the Japanese did it, so that does not count.

David Ellison and his sister Megan have shown good taste in movie financing by backing True Grit. I wonder if David’s space gambit will pay off. (Deadline)

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COMMENTS

  1. February 21, 2011 7:10 pm

    Phantanos

    For those who don’t know about Star Blazers; look it up on Youtube! There is were you’ll see the American opening credits, and hear the Heroic song that goes with it. You can also see the New CGI version which this article is about!


  2. February 21, 2011 7:10 pm

    Phantanos

    For those who don’t know about Star Blazers; look it up on Youtube! There is were you’ll see the American opening credits, and hear the Heroic song that goes with it. You can also see the New CGI version which this article is about!


  3. February 21, 2011 7:10 pm

    Phantanos

    Star Blazers was the Vanguard of modern Anime ! With great drama, romance and adventure. Latter shows like RoboTech would carry that tradition. It represents the best of Anime. Unlike the 30 minute commercials disguised as kid shows. Incidently The Chipmunks ran for 9 years. They are viewed globally; even in Japan! Geoffrey Golden. We all have hour favorite things! Some people like things different from you. Yet they do not air their dislikes! You sank to a level of a ignorant troll. When you showed your prejudice toward Alvin and The Chipmunks!


  4. February 21, 2011 7:10 pm

    Phantanos

    Star Blazers was the Vanguard of modern Anime ! With great drama, romance and adventure. Latter shows like RoboTech would carry that tradition. It represents the best of Anime. Unlike the 30 minute commercials disguised as kid shows. Incidently The Chipmunks ran for 9 years. They are viewed globally; even in Japan! Geoffrey Golden. We all have hour favorite things! Some people like things different from you. Yet they do not air their dislikes! You sank to a level of a ignorant troll. When you showed your prejudice toward Alvin and The Chipmunks!


  5. February 21, 2011 7:10 pm

    John816

    Why doesn’t the live action Japanese film count? It’s prolly better than any Hollywood remake will be.


  6. February 21, 2011 7:10 pm

    John816

    Why doesn’t the live action Japanese film count? It’s prolly better than any Hollywood remake will be.


  7. February 21, 2011 7:10 pm

    Anonymous

    You’re probably right. I was being sarcastic – whether or not it’s *already* been made into a live-action movie is irrelevant to many studio types, if said movie was not made in the US.


  8. February 21, 2011 7:10 pm

    Anonymous

    You’re probably right. I was being sarcastic – whether or not it’s *already* been made into a live-action movie is irrelevant to many studio types, if said movie was not made in the US.


  9. February 21, 2011 7:10 pm

    Anonymous

    Thanks for the comment, Phantanos. I’m actually a big anime fan, but the reason I’m equating “Star Blazers” with other toons is that I think that’s how Hollywood sees the show: another nostalgic cartoon property with light pre-awareness they can package at families. I hope I’m wrong!


  10. February 21, 2011 7:10 pm

    Anonymous

    Thanks for the comment, Phantanos. I’m actually a big anime fan, but the reason I’m equating “Star Blazers” with other toons is that I think that’s how Hollywood sees the show: another nostalgic cartoon property with light pre-awareness they can package at families. I hope I’m wrong!