McQuarrie Pens New “Star Blazers” Film

Scribe Christopher McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects,” “Valkyrie”) has reportedly signed on to provide the screenplay for a new feature film adaptation of “Star Blazers” at Skydance Productions reports Deadline.

Yet there’s more to this story it would seem as AICN say they’ve heard the rights are still up for grabs with several companies including Lucasfilm are in pursuit of them.

Known for its epic imagery and themes of brave sacrifice and respect for heroes lost in the line of duty, “Star Blazers” is a re-dubbed and re-edited adaptation of the 1970s Japanese anime TV series “Space Battleship Yamato.”

It comprised three television series, five animated features and a host of merchandise. A live-action adaptation was set up at Walt Disney Studios back in the 1990s, while attempts were made to revive the property again back in 2006.

The story is set in the 22nd century after an alien attack on Earth has forced survivors to live in underground cities. After a message arrives from a distant planet promising a cure for the proliferating surface radiation, Earth’s last vestige of hope rests on the crew of a powerful yet untested spaceship, which must reach the purported new ally and return home before mankind ceases to exist.

A live action version of “Space Battleship Yamato” was released late last year in Japan to critical and box-office success.