First Look: Promo Art from Alexandre Aja's 'Cobra: The Space Pirate'

April 30, 2011
Source: ComingSoon

Cobra: The Space Pirate

I always love seeing this stuff, because it's really just early sales art to create some buzz. ComingSoon has posted a photo of a cover containing some promo art for Cobra: The Space Pirate, the new film from director Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors, Piranha 3D). It's an adaptation of a Japanese manga about a rogue space pirate who teams up with a bounty hunter on an adventure to Mars in search of lost treasure. The pirate, who isn't even cast yet (as far as we know), has "surgically altered his face and erased his memory to hide from enemies," but regains those memories to find the treasure. Sounds fun.

Update: We've added the nice, clean, high res version of the poster below, as it was debuted on

Cobra: The Space Pirate

Cobra, as it was known in Japan, is a space-opera manga series written & illustrated by Buichi Terasawa, originally running from 1978 to 1984. The screenplay was adapted by Aja's writer Grégory Levasseur. In a future where merchant spaceships and ruthless brigands sail across space, Cobra is a notorious rogue pirate whose refusal to align with the United Galaxies Federation or the Pirates Guild puts him on the business end of a huge bounty. As he tries to avoid capture, Cobra teams up with a sexy bounty hunter named Jane. It's described as a "sci-fi space opera" which sounds awesome. I can't wait to hear more about this. Look good?

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Reader Feedback - 35 Comments


Pirates? Space? A Guy named Cobra? With what appears to be an arm cannon? That just sounds awesome!

Xerxexx on May 1, 2011


Xerxexx, as a fan of the manga and the anime...yeah, it is awesome. With a capital "A". Very interested to see what Aja brings to this, since I've always wanted to see a live-action COBRA project for a long time.

Anonymous on May 1, 2011


Is that an Arm Cannon? or am I jumping to a conclusion? I'm definitely gonna check out the anime/manga.

Xerxexx on May 1, 2011

4 is an Arm Cannon .. normally he uses a fake arm ..but when will get in a fight .. he took off his arm and use his Psico-gun (yeah thats the name of that weapon cause he control his aim´s shots with his mind) .. IT gonna be a great movie..hope so... sorry for my rusty english

sakyo on May 1, 2011


Thanks! I'm definitely intrigued with the premise.

Xerxexx on May 1, 2011


S'all right, Sakyo. Yeah, the Psycho-gun is very cool (but heck, so is Cobra!). Having seen the original animated film and some of the new shows, I'm waiting for this one. It should (hopefully!) be worth it.

Anonymous on May 2, 2011


It was called in literal translation the "Psycho Weapon" -The origin story is interesting. It's this guy who dreamed he was a super-agent and nailed all these beautiful women, and turns out he really was one, but he wen't into hiding, erased his memory and had surgery so his enemies wouldn't find him. Eventually his enemies found him, he killed them by unleashing his Pyscho Gun (he didn't know he had) and went back to take his old identity. Oh, and his cigar is a device he uses to breathe underwater. I'm not making this up. I saw that cartoon 25 years ago and I still know the plot!

Anonymous on May 2, 2011


Wow, that is epic!

Xerxexx on May 3, 2011


can't wait for sci-fi flicks, really does sound awesome.

Redguy on May 2, 2011


That's getting a 'like' for sure. Could be terrible mind, but I reckon it's got late night scifi viewing all over it.

Crapola on May 1, 2011


I'd say track down the manga or catch the most recent anime for it at Crunchyroll. The original anime movie can still be tracked down as well.

Anonymous on May 1, 2011


captain harlock

Al3x776 on May 1, 2011


wow looks good!

A5J4DX on May 1, 2011


wow looks good!

A5J4DX on May 1, 2011


This is better tha Captain Harlock.. more fun..totally!!

sakyo on May 1, 2011


why can't they just make megaman instead 😛

Anonymous on May 1, 2011


I saw the arm cannon and thought grappling hook, which led to "Omg, Bionic Commando!!!" Lol, guess not. Might still be cool; the poster looks pretty badass.

Anonymous on May 1, 2011


I'm thinking hard-R, directed by Carpenter version of MEGA MAN

Ryderup on May 1, 2011


his cannon looks like that Christmas present my mom gave to herself and keep in her dresser.

Anonymous on May 1, 2011


My dad would make me sit through 80's anime when I was a kid, so blame him if you ever catch me in a movie theater geeking out over this...

IceFilm on May 2, 2011


Aja's been a disappointment lately. But he has shown a lot of promise and I'm interested in anything he's working on...except maybe a High Tension 2.

Quazzimotto on May 2, 2011


Well, he is a confessed fan of the Cobra manga and anime (they released both in France years ago), so he would certainly have to respect the material.... What I love about COBRA is the space-opera action that it delivers. In a way, even though it's originally from Japan, it shares a lot in common with, say, the European METAL HURLANT and, heck, works by the French SF comic artists like Moebius and Druillet (sic).

Anonymous on May 2, 2011


I just want to see Cowboy Beebop

Tye1119 on May 2, 2011


Jai Courtney "Varro" should act as Cobra

Haleluca on May 2, 2011


Dope poster and concept. Now let's hope we get some serious producers on board.

David Perretta on May 2, 2011


Dude named cobra with an arm-cannon that looks like a cock. Great.

Nick Sears on May 2, 2011


+1 for Jai Courtney as Cobra

Milov on May 2, 2011


Does Cobra smoke before, after or during while using that dildo arm?

Anonymous on May 2, 2011


All I can say is: DON'T FUCK THIS UP, ALEXANDRE. This cartoon is an icon to Gen Xers all over the world. Except in the United States, where Americans could only see him in the Matthew Sweet videos of the early 90s.

Anonymous on May 2, 2011


I love it so much can't wait !!!!

Casar818 on May 3, 2011


Yes! it's coming! Where is Lady And Crystal boy? I grew up seeing this animation film. I think it is R18 but was broadcasted at 7pm. It was good era.

R18 on May 8, 2011


This is like a million times than Harlock. Now I want to see the designs of Crystal Boy and that plant-like enemy. Hope Aja does this one like he did High Tension  or the Hills Have Eyes (ie well).

Dvdg1111112 on Oct 1, 2011


I have a big concern that he wont be as cool as the original Cobra. Cobra is an ultra high exceptional unique character that no character will ever reach his coolness. Anyway a very surprising news for me and i am very impatient to see it ,as a very huge Cobra fan.

alperoz49 on Oct 15, 2011


OMG!! COBRA has been my favorite Anime since I first saw it in Guatemala back in 84!! I have a tattoo of cobra on my back!! This are the best news ever!! I can't wait!! Jane, Cobra, Lady wow is will be the best!! =)

Vinicio_Quiroa on Oct 24, 2011


The Rock Ball episodes really rocked, if you wanna hook american audience.

Magavan on Feb 22, 2012

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