Film adaptations of video games are notorious for being average at best, and appalling at worst with one of the latter said to be 2009’s “Dragonball Evolution.”
Ben Ramsey penned the script for that film and when one fan named Derek Padula got in contact with him recently in the hopes of interviewing him for a book he’s writing, Ramsey sent back an apology addressed to all the fans, everywhere, which Padula has now published on his website. Here’s the letter:
“I knew that it would eventually come down to this one day. Dragonball Evolution marked a very painful creative point in my life. To have something with my name on it as the writer be so globally reviled is gut wrenching. To receive hate mail from all over the world is heartbreaking.
I spent so many years trying to deflect the blame, but at the end of the day it all comes down to the written word on page and I take full responsibility for what was such a disappointment to so many fans. I did the best I could, but at the end of the day, I ‘dropped the dragon ball.’
I went into the project chasing after a big payday, not as a fan of the franchise but as a businessman taking on an assignment. I have learned that when you go into a creative endeavor without passion you come out with sub-optimal results, and sometimes flat out garbage. So I’m not blaming anyone for Dragonball but myself. As a fanboy of other series, I know what it’s like to have something you love and anticipate be so disappointing.
To all the Dragon Ball fans out there, I sincerely apologize. I hope I can make it up to you by creating something really cool and entertaining that you will like and that is also something I am passionate about. That’s the only work I do now.”
Justin Chatwin, Emmy Rossum, James Marsters and Chow Yun-Fat starred in ‘Evolution’ which was shot for $30 million and grossed $57.5 million worldwide. Critics slammed the film which scored a 14% on Rotten Tomatoes.