Christopher McQuarrie to Adapt 'Star Blazers' TV Show for New Film
He's turned in great work for director Bryan Singer in the form of screenplays for The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie, but he also had a hand in the mess that was The Tourist. With the anticipated Wolverine sequel and Jack the Giant Killer already on their way into production, writer Christopher McQuarrie is ready for his next project. Deadline reports the writer will pen the script for an adaptation of the 1970's animated sci-fi series Star Blazers for David Ellison's Skydance Productions. The series is actually an adaptation of the Japanese anime series Space Battleship Yamato which was turned into its own live-action film recently.
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, offering a way to eliminate the deadly radiation and providing plans for an engine that can power a ship across the 148,000 light-year gap. Scientists convert the ruined shell of the battleship Yamato into a starship in a desperate attempt to save the planet, and the perilous voyage begins.
It's unclear which stories or elements McQuarrie will use for the film adaptation, but the film will most definitely be a live-action adaptation. Skydance will produce the film with Paramount Pictures co-financing the film as part of a deal to co-finance four to six of the company's projects every year. The deal has worked out pretty well for both parties so far considering their debut collaboration was True Grit, and that film has nabbed 10 Oscar nominations. With a guy like Ellison (back by money from his father, Oracle founder Larry Ellison), we're bound to see some interesting projects get some legs thanks to his money. Interested in Star Blazers?