Christopher McQuarrie to Direct Sci-Fi Anime Adaptation STAR BLAZERS; Filming on MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 5 Begins February 2014

     October 30, 2013


While doing the press rounds for Jack Reacher, director Christopher McQuarrie was not shy in admitting that he had spent the past decade in director’s jail following the disappointment of his 2000 feature directorial debut The Way of the Gun.  Luckily, it looks like that slump is very much over.  McQuarrie is currently prepping Mission: Impossible 5 as his next film, and he’s now added another project to his to-do list.  Deadline reports that McQuarrie will direct and produce an adaptation of the 1970s anime Star Blazers for Skydance Productions.  The sci-fi story revolves around an old spaceship in the year 2199 that must go to another planet and pick up a device that can save the Earth, which has been under siege from hostile aliens using radioactive warfare.

Hit the jump for more, including the news of when M:I 5 will start production.

star-blazers-movieMcQuarrie actually came onboard Star Blazers back in 2011, when he was hired to pen the script for the production.  After turning in an incredibly strong effort with Jack Reacher and subsequently landing the directing gig on Mission: Impossible 5 (both of which are produced by Skydance), it appears that the studio has become quite fond of McQuarrie.  Star Blazers (aka Space Battleship Yamato) first became popular in the 1970s and was recently adapted into a live-action Japanese film.  As a big fan of McQuarrie’s work, I’m very interested to see what he does with the sci-fi genre and this property.

As for McQuarrie’s next film, production on Mission: Impossible 5 is poised to kick off in February in London, according to Production WeeklyTom Cruise returns as star and producer, and Simon Pegg told us earlier this year that he would likely be earmarking some time in 2014 to reprise his role in the spy franchise.  Beyond that, other casting has yet to be announced, but if the February start-date sticks we should be hearing more word on that front very soon.

Watch the opening for the 70s anime Star Blazers below, followed by the trailer for the live-action adaptation.


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  • DNAsplitter

    I love how each of the M:I films each have a different feel for them. Cruise was smart to employ that method by hiring different directors for each movie. Jack Reacher was a fun film to watch so i’m interested to see if he can compete with Ghost Protocal in terms of quality/entertainment. Brad Bird’s film was just amazing to watch and was by far the best of the series.

    • The Flobbit

      I too enjoyed Jack Reacher, especially with Tom’s magnetic central performance. It was nothing fancy: lean, mean, and it got the job done with a minimum of fuss, reminding me of 70′s classics Bullitt and Dirty Harry.

      • DNAsplitter

        That’s the direction I’m hoping they take the M:I film with. Something with that 70′s vibe to it.

      • The Flobbit

        Really? I was hoping for more techno stuff, combining with witty repartee and humor, since that worked so well in Ghost Protocol. When Abrams tried to make everything serious and gritty he failed pretty hard.

      • DNAsplitter

        No I agree it still needs to be lighter and more fun than M:I III but can still have that look and vibe that Jack Reacher had that echoed the 70′s.

    • axalon

      “Brad Bird’s film was just amazing to watch and was by far the best of the series.”

      I dunno, the original by de Palma was pretty damn good too

      • DNAsplitter

        True. de Palma’s version was great but Bird’s really hit a high note for the series. But the original was a well made film that had one of the coolest train sequences to come out in a long time.

      • axalon

        Of course, they’re both really great films directed by men in their respective primes

      • Michael Singer

        The big strike against the original was the Jim Phelps twist. Taking the main character from the TV show and making him a psychotic villain was not a good idea. Even the actors from the TV show HATED that.

      • axalon

        Oh wow, I didn’t know that.

      • FoxyHound

        Yeah but you don’t make it to respect the actors from the show, you make it to stand on it’s own.

    • BigJimSlade

      I don’t remember much of the Brad Bird MI, but I’d have to say the only one I found truly entertaining was the first one. I kind of wish DePalma got to direct a few of them, or least the second one. Woo’s MI was terrible.

  • MCP

    A submarine spaceship, odd but hey whatever works for ya. Also, guess this is where Robotech kinda branched off of?? Has the same anime style and a somewhat similar story. Anyone…?

    • Michael Singer

      It’s not the same. Robotech was actually three completely independent and separate anime series that were thrown together for the English version because they needed a higher episode count. The first season was based off of the original Macross, which is an anime classic.

      • MCP

        Thanks for that, loved watching Robotech on TV when I was a kid. Even though it was hard to find!!

  • Nonnamice

    I thought The Way of the Gun was great. It’s a shame it was received so poorly.

    • NathanArizona

      agreed. I hope they mean financial disappointment, because creatively the movie was awesome.

  • BelindaJ

    As long as the same team from Ghost Protocol is in place then I will be there on opening night. I particularly liked Pegg and Renner together, without them I probably won’t bother. I have a lot of time for Cruise, but he is not enough to get me into a theatre on his own, strictly rental.

    • Michael Singer

      Maybe they’ll cast actual ASIAN actors and actresses this time. Probably not, but it’s good to hope.

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  • MEY

    Battleship Yamato and Skydance? Fantastic piece of news! I’m happy.

    The Japanese live action movie is not bad but it is strange a little bit and boring sometimes because of the cultural differences.

    The original anime movies are fantastic: