So how does Akira Toriyama, the creator of the original Dragonball manga, feel about the upcoming James Wong movie “Dragonball: Evolution” based on his creation? Dragonball fanboys have no doubt been wondering if their King and God would boycott the movie, or come out and slap it silly like the sad little biotch they believe the movie to be. Not so much, it would appear. According to Akira Toriyama himself, he’s actually looking forward to the movie, and would like everyone to just approach the movie as a Dragonball creation from, er, “a different dimension”.
The Anime News Network reports as such:
The Oricon entertainment news source posted a promotional video for James Wong and 20th Century Fox’s live-action adaptation of Akira Toriyama’s Dragonball manga, and Toriyama prefaced the video with a written comment:
As the original creator, I had a feeling of “Huh?” upon seeing the screenplay and the character designs, but the director, all the actors, the staff, and the rest are nothing but “ultra” high-caliber people. Maybe the right way for me and all the fans to appreciate it is as a New Dragonball of a different dimension. Perhaps, this might become a great masterpiece of power! Hey, I look forward to it!!
Interesting comments. Obviously as he’s got a lot invested in the movie (CHA-CHING, anyone?), Toriyama would like to see the movie actually, you know, make money, so it’s not in his best interest to bag on it relentlessly and in public. But how much of this is selling out and how much of it is accepting the practical realities that a movie based on one’s creation, regardless of who makes it, will never be just like the original? I’m guessing more of the latter.
“Dragonball: Evolution” opens in Japan first on March 13 before arriving Stateside April 8.
Below: “Is that a glowing ball in your hand or are you just happy to see me?”