News has come out that Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3-D) has been attached to a remake of Stephen King's Pet Sematary, with producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Steven Schneider and a script by Matt Greenberg (1408, Reign Of Fire). This has come with an update on Aja's plans for adapting the adventures of Buichi Terasawa's roguish space hero Cobra.
Twitch reports that the Cobra project is still looking for money and is not scheduled to shoot until 2013. Back in May, Variety reported that the film seek a $100 million budget, and that Aja collaborator Gregory Levasseur would be co-writing the script.
Though a few samples of Space Adventure Cobra did make it to North America, and it even got mixed into the line of Gobot toys, Space Adventure Cobra is one of number of anime globally popular, with little American recognition. And, Aja's native France is one of the spots where Cobra was a hit... attracting devotees like Luc Besson.
The eponymous Cobra is basically Jean-Paul Belmondo as a pirate fighting space bounty hunters with a Psycho-gun laser arm. It's as shamelessly pulpy as that sounds. The original Buichi Terasawa manga ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1978 to 1984, back when the home of Naruto could get away with ultra-violent Fist of the North Star, and the pervy Terasawa was far from restrained in his vision of robot women and far future ladies' wear.
Episodes of the recent Cobra anime remake can be viewed on Crunchyroll.