Watch This: Footage from Live-Action 'Space Battleship Yamato'
Whoa, what a totally awesome way to kick off the New Year! The Japanese have been quietly developing a live-action adaptation of Leiji Matsumoto's anime series Space Battleship Yamato that first aired in the 1970s. You may not be familiar with the show, but you probably recognize the design of the spaceship in the anime. Well, director Takashi Yamazaki (Always - Sunset on Third Street) is currently shooting a live-action version of Space Battleship Yamato that kind of looks like Star Trek mixed with Japanese anime. Thanks to Nippon Cinema (via Quiet Earth) an early TV spot has landed online and it looks pretty frickin' awesome!
As of this moment, Space Battleship Yamato (also known as Star Blazers when it was brought to the US in the 80s), will hit theaters in Japan in December of 2010, about a year from now. The budget is around 2 billion yen (about $20 million) and will be the first in the franchise to use the "Space Battleship Yamato" English title domestically in an effort to appeal to international audiences as early as possible. I don't know much about this, but it looks awesome so far, and I'm hoping it won't take too long to hit US theaters (as in, I hope we don't have to wait until 2011). You can find more info about this on Nippon Cinema. Look good?