Christopher McQuarrie to Adapt 'Star Blazers' TV Show for New Film

February 21, 2011
Source: Deadline

Star Blazers

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?

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When I saw the headline, I was about to ask WTF? they just MADE one! Then I felt dumb because it's acknowledged... Just found the first season, ahem, online, just trying to get back into it, was a fond recall of my long-ago youth LOL

Fredrick Beondo on Feb 21, 2011


McQuarrie intrigues me as per directing this, awaiting more info 🙂

Fredrick Beondo on Feb 21, 2011


I'm excited. I was hoping to see a live action, american made adaptation in my life time. Star Blazers was my favorite cartoon as a kid.

Blackmanju on Feb 21, 2011


I find it surprising that they haven't release the japanese live action film in the US dubbed in english, They should have done that.

TigerClaw on Feb 21, 2011


Americans dont like to read. Its hard.

MOARsodaPLZkTHXbye on Feb 22, 2011


no you have that all wrong Americans dont like to read "crap" now if its something good or worth reading it's ok!

Anonymous on Feb 22, 2011


YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Next PLEASE MAKE BATTLE OF THE PLANETS!! I have been waiting 30 years for this. I'm with Blackmanju

soulfer on Feb 22, 2011


Can we at least get to see Yamato first please...?

DwainIBe on Feb 22, 2011


It never ceases to amaze how much free shit you wouldn't watch on TV is now being turned into the shit you are expected to pay to see in a cinema. Today's Movies are more and more like today's music; regurgited crap from the past.

Hattori Hanzo on Feb 22, 2011


OMG; I have to agree with Hattori. What's next; The Archies or Space Ghost?

Anne on Feb 22, 2011


What's with the angry little dweeb in the picture with the bottle? LMAO

Frag on Feb 22, 2011


I've met the woman who did the english dub work for the main female character. She mentioned something about this, glad to see some news arise

Armeetapus16 on Feb 23, 2011

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