Star Blazers movie will save Earth

Fighting with the Gamilons, they won't stop until they've won. Or at least until they hit multiplexes. The seminal 1970s Japanese animated series Star Blazers is set to blast onto the big screen.

Benderspink, the production company behind American Pie, The Ring, and A History of Violence, among others, is readying a big-screen adaptation of the animated space opera. The company is teaming on the film with the current rights holder of Star Blazers, Josh C. Kline. So far, no writer, director, or actors have been attached to the project.

The series, which was called Space Battleship Yamato in Japan and renamed Star Blazers for the US, premiered in 1974 and 1977, respectively. The story of Star Blazers was similar to Battlestar Galactica.

In the year 2199, space baddies the Gamilons irradiate the surface of the Earth, forcing the remaining humans underground. The humans receive a message from a distant planet offering help, so they build a powerful space warship using the old hull of the WWII battleship Yamato (in the US version, the ship's name was changed). The new space battleship sets off across the galaxy to save Earth, along the way encountering a lot of hostile aliens and the like.

In the 1990s, two resurrections of Yamato were attempted. In the first, the former Japanese holder of the rights was moving forward with a sequel series, called Yamato 2520, when his production company went bankrupt. At another time, the Walt Disney Company bought the rights for a live-action remake. A script by Tab Murphy (Tarzan) was completed before the project was shelved.

The real battle ship Yamato is a fascinating symbol to the Japanese of the possibilities, and hubris, of man.

Built in 1941, the Yamato and her sister ship the Musashi were the largest battleships ever built, and symbols of Japanese engineering prowess. WWII marked a pivotal shift in warfare, with victory going no longer going to who controlled the seas but to who dominated the skies.

In 1945, US forces invaded the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. The Yamato was sent to lead a suicide misson, called Operation Ten Go, to inflict as much damage as possible on the US fleet. US aircraft spotted the Yamato 200 miles from Okinawa, and the bulk of the Japanese fleet was destroyed before ever reaching US forces.

Countless books have been written about the ship's brief life, and in 2005 a big-budget Japanese movie was made called simply Yamato.

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You know, this is one of the series that set off the anime boom in the 1970s. Yoshinobu **** (the producer) and Leiji Matsumoto (character designer, writer, director) never could get a live version done in Japan and now they can only speak to each other through their lawyers it seems, so an Americanized version should be a hoot. You of course know that this was a homage to WWII but this time the Japanese win! We (the West) are the Gamilons (ie. the bad guys). Lone Japanese battleship fights it out against overwhelming odds...and wins. True Japanese "fighting spirit". Ah nostalgia...but now I can't bear to watch this stuff anymore....

Weird...the producers name is being censored by this board for some reason. Ah well, you can always look it up....
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why the vidoe of pokemon cant watch
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I saw this when I was 8 (I'm 27) it was brilliant really hard to find though. I live in Namibia so it's even harder to find. PRAISE THE NET!!
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this sounds interesting. don't you agree?
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this is a aresome movie OH YEAH
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oh,ok
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i can't wait
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i cant wait but got to cause i cant watch tv for about a month!!!!
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WOW! Finally! I can't wait. Just checked out the 2005 movie trailer listed at the end of the story. Looks very powerful. I wonder if it will be imported to the US with subtitles. I'll watch when it does. Reminds me of Pearl Harbor (the movie) with it's similar style.
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Loved that show. Whos gonna be Deric Wildstar & Lance? This series was the Template to alot of other shows Anime & non.
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It's worth mentioning that American author E. E. Smith wrote the Lensman books on which Star Blazers was loosely based. The Japanese have read and enjoyed American/western science fiction for generations and hark back to it in their anime.
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This Anime was and is NOTHING like Battlestar Galactica!! THey are totally different ideas (except for the space battles)!
Don't get me wrong both versions of the Battlestar Galactica series are great, but don't compare them just because they are SciFi shows.
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Please don't let Jon Travolta or Vin Diesel get cast in this. I'll look forward to this. Loved this show.
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can't wait.
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