Alexandre Aja Talks About His Adaptation of the Space Opera Manga COBRA THE SPACE PIRATE

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Alexandre Aja is currently writing his next movie, a live-action 3D adaptation of Buichi Terasawa’s popular manga, Cobra the Space Pirate. The Piranha 3D director had already shared his enthusiasm about this project few months ago, and it really seems like a personal goal that he has set for himself. “Cobra is unique. Of all the animés I used to watch as a kid, it’s the most avant-garde, in both rhythm and imagination,” he told French site Cinemateaser.

Hit the jump to find out more.

Cobra, or Kobura, is a manga series written and illustrated by Buichi Terasawa, who apparently drew inspiration from French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, famous for his action-adventure movies from the 60s and 70s. Cobra embarks on a series of adventures himself as he tries to escape his enemies. His tactics include surgically altering his face and erasing his own memory which he later regains. His arm? The Psycho Gun, a weapon that is connected to his brain. He also has a regular gun, just in case. His close confidante is Lady Armaroid, a mechanical cyborg with a really cool name.cobra_the_space_pirate_image_01

The manga originally appeared in the Japanese magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump between 1978 and 1984. It has already been adapted to television as well as the big screen in 1982’s Space Adventure Cobra. But Aja, inspired by his recent mainstream success with Piranha 3D, is aiming for a movie of overambitious blockbuster proportions and continues to compare it with Star Wars.

Considering the volume of material available, it will be quite an undertaking.

“The 25 mangas by Terasawa are incredibly rich. Its tone has no equal. This project is a huge challenge, because it’s going be a space opera. I envision it as a sort of Star Wars. I just have to convince all the financial partners now.”

It’s also fairly unknown in America. Maybe its sexy undertones will attract a larger American audience. And as Aja intends to stay as close to the original work as possible, the sexy bits will surely be depicted in the film.

“You have to respect the essence of Cobra. He’s an adventurer and a seducer. Its ‘sexiness’ has to be included in the film, just like its humor and adventure. My Cobra has to remain true to Terasawa’s universe.”

And hopefully to the expectations of the diehard French fans.

“There are so many Cobra fans in France that they’ll understand why I’m so passionate about this and why it’s so essential that I succeed in making this film.”

And he’s already thinking about who will portray Cobra.

“I have a lot of names in mind, but I can’t say anything right now. I’m still thinking about it.”

Who do you think should play Cobra and Lady Armaroid?




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  • MC ATTAck

    owen wilson and matthew mcconaughey look a little bit like cobra but obviously they are not a good choice, a fresh face, they need to cast someone who can manage the humor of the original series and not the new versions that are a little more formal.

  • D.Z.

    George Clooney wouldn’t be a bad choice for the lead. Him, Dolph, or Thomas Jane.

  • Cypher

    My first vote would be Alexander Skarsgard. He’s great looking, he’s a great actor, and he’s got this unconscious sex appeal.

    My second would be Hayden Christensen. He’s cute, his acting (to make anyway) is kinda meh but if you go through a bunch of his pictures you starting seeing that he’s usually got this kind of smartass grin/smile going that’s actually pretty charming.

  • WalkerMachine

    Owen wilson was also the first one came to my mind, Michael C.Hall might also be an interesting choice.

    • Kobura

      Omg yes Owen Wilson would be the perfect choice he looks exactly like Cobra he has the hair and the dent in his nose. Owen Wilson is the first person that came to mind when I saw Cobra.

  • WalkerMachine

    Btw, how about good old Brad Pitt?

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  • waza

    Looks like the Metroid film will be green lighted off the back of this, especially if its a success.

  • Hammarin

    Owen Wilson would be perfect. Especially since Cobra after the operation should differ pretty much from the good looking, raw pirate guy he was in his past life.

    At least that’s part of the reason I love Cobra! When the bad guys can’t believe their eyes when it’s revealed that this blonde goof is actually Cobra.

    Also, alot of Wilson’s earlier parts are quite similar to Cobra. The play boy type, but still bit of a loser from time to time.

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