The Usual Suspects scribe Christopher McQuarrie is a busy man at the moment. With a script at the ready for The Wolverine and having performed re-write duties on Bryan Singer’s next feature, Jack the Giant Killer, he’s now been hired to bring 70’s animated sci-fi series Star Blazers to the big screen.

This will be a live-action version of the original (made via Skydance Productions’ deal with Paramount Pictures), which itself was an adaptation of the Japanese anime series Space Battleship Yamato. Described as a “space opera” (a term which can’t help but evoke the memories of the first Star Wars trilogy), the original had all the key ingredients to potentially create here, a thrilling sci-fi epic: alien invasions, the human race under threat of extinction, a space mission to save the earth.

McQuarrie seems to be making amends for his last cinematic effort, The Tourist, although giving him the benefit of the doubt this time, he was rewriting Julian Fellowes’ script (can’t polish a turd, etc.)

Via Deadline

P.S. If you’re interested in another Space Battleship Yamoto adaptation check this out…