Skydance Productions, the company that co-financed True Grit, is in talks to acquire the live-action film rights to the popular 1970s and ’80s anime series Star Blazers, Deadline reports. Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, The Wolverine) will be hired to write the screenplay.

A dubbed and partly rewritten adaptation of the Space Battleship Yamato anime franchise, Star Blazers centered on a massive spaceship built from the remains of a World War II battleship to travel to another planet in hopes of securing a device that can save an Earth ravaged by alien invaders. The series aired in North America for three seasons, from May 1979 to December 1984, for a total of 77 episodes.

A live-action remake of Space Battleship Yamato was released in December in Japan, ousting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 from the top spot at the box office. There have been two other attempts to get a live-action Star Blazers off the ground, first by Disney in the mid-1990s and then by Benderspink in 2006.

Skydance is headed by David Ellison, son of Oracle founder Larry Ellison and an acrobatic pilot with a fondness for aviation projects. The company is co-financing several projects at Paramount, including Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol and the Jack Ryan franchise reboot. Skydance is also developing Dark Horse’s The Strange Case of Hyde for film.
Always fascinating to see which anime series Hollywood is interested in adapting. Also a fun game to see how far off the original premise this is going to be.