"Space Battleship Yamato" Producer Comments On Hollywood Project and International Distribution Of "2199" And "2202" Anime
The main subject was Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi ("Soldiers of Love")
June 30th's issue 14 of Space Battleship Yamato fan magazine Ship's Log offered the fourth part of an interview series with Executive Producer Shoji Nishizaki and Producer Hirotaka Furukawa, and that in turn offered some intriguing updates for international fans of the classic space-opera. The main subject was Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi ("Soldiers of Love"), a follow-up to the 2012 remake of Space Battleship Yamato 2199, which is currently developing its design and storyboard, with plans for a September staff announcement and completion of the first chapter this year.
Last issue listed staff:
- Original writer: Yoshinobu Nishizaki
- Series composition, screenplay: Harutoshi Fukui
- Director: Nobuyoshi Habara
- Executive producer: Shoji Nishizaki
The interview mentioned plans to release the anime internationally, along with 2199, four of six planned volumes of which were released before the shop was closed on a StarBlazers.com distribution plan (memorably presented with gravure idol and a lot of condescension).
This came in the context of discussion a Hollywood adaptation, named for the Star Blazers localization of the series.
In 2014, Deadline reported that Christopher McQuarrie was set to direct the film for Skydance Productions. He is known as the script writer for The Usual Suspects, and writer/director for Tom Cruise's 2012 film Jack Reacher.
From Cosmo DNA's translation...
Interviewer: How about the Hollywood version of Yamato?
Furukawa: I went to America for a meeting in March with the president of Skydance Productions. The script is done, and there should be a large-scale announcement next summer, including the staff and cast. As for the overseas development of Star Blazers 2199, we’ll syndicate it in Italy, Germany, France, and America. We’re talking with a distributor and we want to deployStar Blazers 2202 along with 2199. If all goes well, we’ll make an effort to deliver a new work of Yamato to international fans with very early timing.