Christopher McQuarrie ("Jack Reacher") is set to both write and direct the live-action "Star Blazers" movie at Skydance Productions.
Skydance acquired the property in 2011 and hired McQuarrie to pen the script at the time. The project became stuck in development though because of lingering rights issues.
When I spoke to McQuarrie late last year during "Jack Reacher" press rounds, he said: "[It's] the longest rights negotiation of planet Earth. I think we're very very close to finally… there's one last piece in the chain that needs to be worked out and when that's done I would immediately be able to start writing that."
Well that last piece has now been worked out and McQuarrie will get to work on this potential franchise launcher which he'll also produce with Josh Klein, David Ellison and Dana Goldberg.
Known for its epic imagery and themes of brave sacrifice and respect for heroes lost in the line of duty, "Star Blazers" was 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.