Christopher McQuarrie Adapting Star Blazers aka Space Battleship Yamato

Or at least, he will be adapting a live-action movie based on the “Star Blazers” animated series when producer David Ellison finally nails down the rights to the 1970s animated science fiction TV series.

“Star Blazers” was the name of the Westernized/International broadcast version of the Japanese animated series “Space Battleship Yamato”, itself getting the live-action big-screen treatment over in Japan. You can see trailers for it here, so basically this is what you’re getting with a “Star Blazers” movie if one actually ever gets made.

Or perhaps something along the lines of the recent “Battlestar Galactica” re-imagining, given the whole “save the human race from alien menace” plot and all. The Japanese version will probably be much more faithful, but I suspect McQuarrie and company will be going for more “grit and gritty” with the storyline.

The animated “Star Blazers” ran for three seasons in the States and helped make serialized animated storytelling popular worldwide.