Alexandre Aja Taking on Epic 'Cobra: The Space Pirate' Movie

August 18, 2010
Source: Deadline

Alexandre Aja / Cobra: The Space Pirate

Although I haven't ever seen any of director Alexandre Aja's films (High Tension, Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors, Piranha 3D - I know, I need to!) he's got one project I'm now quite excited about. He's been doing horror for a while and has had some success, but I've been hoping we would see him branch out into even more genres. So it's no surprise to hear via Deadline that Alex Aja has just been granted the rights to adapt the Japanese manga Cobra the Space Pirate into a "tent pole-sized live action franchise." Aja will be writing the script with Grégory Levasseur (High Tension, Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors, P2) and also producing with Levasseur.

Cobra, as it was known in Japan, is a space-opera manga series written & illustrated by Buichi Terasawa, originally running from 1978 to 1984. 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 keep his identity secret and avoid capture, Cobra teams up with a sexy bounty hunter named Jane, who is out to locate her sisters and decode a treasure map tattooed on their backs. Their goal: to liberate a lost treasure on Mars. I haven't ever heard of this series before, but I love sci-fi space operas and would love to see Aja tackle a space epic.

"I grew up dreaming about Cobra," Aja told Deadline. "For many people there is Star Wars and nothing else, but for me and my writing partner Gregory, there is Star Wars and Cobra… There are 60 books, a lot of TV animation and so many adventures, pirates and bad guys that it is perfect to be reinvented into a really cool space opera adventure franchise for a new generation." The only part of all this news I'm hesitant about is this: "It should be in 3D, science fiction and 3D are a good mix," Aja says. "I'll start work on the script soon, but I have been carrying this inside me for 30 years and we are talking to the creature designers of films like Avatar and Star Trek, building a new world and doing it the right way." Okay, now I'm sold, bring it on!

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There's no reason to be intrinsically hesitant about 3D. Just like the advent of sound, color, etc... there are uses that improve the storytelling and uses that are gimickry. The more filmmakers study, practice, and use the new 3D the more it will help instead of hinder.

Mouse on Aug 18, 2010


Mouse 3-D will always be a burden to cinema, its a distraction device. It's a dull, un-needed, overly priced gimmick designed to put asses in seats. I'm not really too keen on Aja right now.

Xerxex on Aug 18, 2010


Am I the only one who went into this thinking it was going to be a Cobra Commander movie?

Brad on Aug 18, 2010


apparently this is star wars for European countries - the manga came out 1 year after star wars

nelson on Aug 18, 2010


It was popular in Latin America too... it has a lot of potential... but its also really easy to screw up... Btw... what happened with the Maccros (Robotech), Evangelion and Gaiking live action movies...???

Dreckent on Aug 18, 2010


you have not even seen haute tension :O or the new hills of eyes which is actually my all time favorite.. how can you ask him to change the scenery.. he is a tremendous director. its like asking stan lee to switch from writing comics to Playboy.. go watch his films, they are great. i felt and got more from his past movies than those considered by you as more capable of catagories.

PinkSushit on Aug 19, 2010


Alexander Aja rocks!

Paulo on Aug 19, 2010


Loved the Cobra comics growing up - Awesome

Bill Brasky on Aug 20, 2010


lol xerx, you always speak my thoughts exactly.

Cody w on Aug 21, 2010

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