Christopher McQuarrie to adapt “Star Blazers” for the big screen

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 22nd, 2011

It’s been a good month to be either Megan and David Ellison, or any film looking for a shot at financing.

The duo have been on a tear lately, either financing or co-financing films like Andrew Dominik’s COGAN’S TRADE, John Hillcoat’s THE WETTEST COUNTY, and possibly even Paul Thomas Anderson’s long talked-about INHERENT VICE and his film, THE MASTER.

Well, the latter Ellison, son of the sixth richest person on the planet Larry Ellison, has found a new project to give some money to. Deadline is reporting that David Ellison’s production shingle, Skydance Productions, is looking to nab up the rights to the beloved anime series, Star Blazers, and are set to tap writer Christopher McQuarrie to pen the film’s screenplay.

The English-language version of Space Battleship Yamato, Blazers follows a ship that ultimately flees the planet after a war with a new race takes over.

Personally, while I’m not familiar that much with the franchise, I do really dig the premise, I just don’t see how it’s going to work on a big screen scale. It seems very much based in that anime style of world, and while it’s been around for a while as a project, this is definitely a project to wait and see what to truly expect.

What do you think?

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