Latino Review: Hollywood Yamato/Star Blazers Film Hires Writer

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Skydance Media plans film as Christopher McQuarrie’s next after Mission: Impossible

In an interview with media news website Latino-Review on Saturday, Skydance Media CEO David Ellison revealed that the live-action Hollywood film adaptation of the Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato) anime has hired on screenwriter Zach Dean (Deadfall) to pen the film’s script. He also confirmed that director Christopher McQuarrie is still working on the film.

Ellison also added that Skydance is working on making the project McQuarrie’s next one after the next Mission: Impossible film. Skydance Productions, the Hollywood company behind Tom Cruise‘s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Brad Pitt’s World War Z, is producing the project. In 2014, the Sports Nippon newspaper reported that the film was slated to open as soon as 2017 under the Star Blazers title. At the time, Shoji Nishizaki, the adopted son of the late Yamato producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki, was listed as the executive producer.

Skydance negotiated for the rights for the adaptation in 2011.

Star Blazers is the dubbed and partly rewritten adaptation of Yoshinobu Nishizaki and Leiji Matsumoto‘s Space Battleship Yamato space opera anime franchise. In the anime, Earth is dying from constant attacks by an alien race known