Paris-based Onyx Films has signed on to co-produce the $100 million+ budget manga adaptation “Cobra: The Space Pirate” which Alexandre Aja (“Piranha 3D”) is helming for Studio 37 reports Variety.
Described as a tent pole-sized live action sci-fi franchise, the story is set in a future where merchant spaceships and ruthless brigands sail across space. Cobra is a notorious rogue pirate with a large bounty on his head who teams up with a hunter and seeks a lost treasure hidden on Mars.
Buichi Terasawa’s manga and animated series was hugely popular across Europe which is how Aja knows the property. Aja and Gregory Levasseur penned the script and both will produce alongside Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassam.
Pre-production will kick off in the Fall, with production to start early Spring 2012 for a Summer 2013 release.