While working on the upcoming USA DBZ, Derek Padula, author of books such as "The Dao of Dragonball" and "Dragon Soul" recently spoke to screenwriter Ben Ramsey
As they say, "mistakes were made." The Hollywood live-action Dragonball Evolution was released in 2009 and pretty much no one like it. Not series creator Akira Toriyama. Not the hardcore DBZ fans, or the ones who remember the series nostalgically, or the casuals, or even people who like to watch bad movies ironically. And, in at least one case, the people behind it are willing to admit that it's not particularly defensible.
While working on the upcoming USA DBZ, Derek Padula, author of books such as Dragon Soul, recently spoke to screenwriter Ben Ramsey, who proved to be open about the problems with Evolution.
“I knew that it would eventually come down to this one day. Dragonball Evolution marked a very painful creative point in my life. To have something with my name on it as the writer be so globally reviled is gut wrenching. To receive hate mail from all over the world is heartbreaking. I spent so many years trying to deflect the blame, but at the end of the day it all comes down to the written word on page and I take full responsibility for what was such a disappointment to so many fans. I did the best I could, but at the end of the day, I ‘dropped the dragon ball.’
I went into the project chasing after a big payday, not as a fan of the franchise but as a businessman taking on an assignment. I have learned that when you go into a creative endeavor without passion you come out with sub-optimal results, and sometimes flat out garbage. So I’m not blaming anyone for Dragonball but myself. As a fanboy of other series, I know what it’s like to have something you love and anticipate be so disappointing.
To all the Dragon Ball fans out there, I sincerely apologize.
I hope I can make it up to you by creating something really cool and entertaining that you will like and that is also something I am passionate about. That’s the only work I do now.