Christopher McQuarrie is more known as a writer than a director, but that could be about to change. The Way of the Gun filmmaker helmed last year's Jack Reacher and is about to start production on the next Mission: Impossible film. Now it appears he'll have an even fuller schedule, as Deadline has revealed that McQuarrie is attached to write and direct a live-action adaptation of the 1970s anime series Star Blazers. We didn't see that coming...
McQuarrie was attached as the screenwriter when Skydance originally acquired the rights to the property back in 2011, but as things have moved forward he's now slid into the director's chair as well. The series was an ahead-of-its-time sci-fi show that ran on NBC from 1979 through 1984, and was essentially an updating of Japanese anime series Space Battleship Yamato. The episodic show featured a story set in a distant future where the Earth's atmosphere is destroyed by alien invaders. Survivors take shelter underground, but there's only a year's worth of time before the increased radiation will reach them in their bunker -- thereby eliminating all of humanity. All is not lost, however, because the humans gain access to an alien vessel that can shuttle a small crew across the galaxy and back -- giving the survivors a shot at escaping their fate.
The series was notable for being the first American anime adaptation to tell an episodic story that had to be viewed sequentially. McQuarrie and Skydance are hoping to turn the series into a film franchise, and I wouldn't be surprised if this film pulls a Pacific Rim and does big business overseas (particularly in Japan).
Does the idea of McQuarrie crafting a live-action film based on anime appeal to you at all or is Star Blazers too niche for American audiences?
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