Cobra the Space Pirate Live-Action Film


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[size=16]Variety Runs Ad for Planned Cobra the Space Pirate Film[/size]
posted on 2011-04-30 13:30 EDT
Onyx Films, Studio 37’s proposed adaptation of Buichi Terasawa’s pulp manga

The ComingSoon.net website posted an image of Onyx Films and Studio 37’s advertising for their Cobra the Space Pirate project on Saturday. The ad appears on the front page from Variety magazine’s international edition this week. Alexander Aja, the director of Piranha 3D and The Hills Have Eyes film remake, revealed last year that he acquired the film rights to Buichi Terasawa’s Space Adventure Cobra manga. The manga follows the pulp science-fiction escapades of a rogue pirate and his female android partner.

Aja and Gregory Levasseur (Aja’s High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes) are not only writing the script, but also producing the project with Marc Sessego and Alexandra Milchan.

Cobra began in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1978 and was already adapted into an animated television series and film in 1982. A video anime project, Cobra The Animation: The Psychogun, launched in Japan in 2008. A second two-volume project, Cobra The Animation: Time Drive, followed in 2009, and a new Cobra The Animation television series aired last year. Besides Cobra, Terasawa also created the Goku - Midnight Eye and Kabuto manga, along with their respective anime adaptations.

Urban Vision released the 1982 Space Adventure Cobra movie in North America. Crunchyroll began streaming the two anime video projects in several countries in December of 2009, and it simulcasted the new television series as it aired last year

Update: The Facebook user Oscar no Yukue posted a clearer version of the promotional art.


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[size=20]Director Alexandre Aja Comments on Live-Action Cobra Plans[/size]
posted on 2015-05-11 05:00 EDT

Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D), the director for the planned live-action adaptation of Buichi Terasawa’s manga series Cobra, recently commented on the film’s progress. Aja told the Japanese entertainment news website Crank In on Saturday, ”Although I am happy I was able to acquire the film rights, production cost is enormous, and deciding the cast is also difficult. When I think ‘who the heck is going to play that Cobra?’, I become unable to move forward." Aja then told the website that even though the project is tough, he said the staff are definitely making progress.

In 2011, Paris-based film production and distribution firms Onyx and Studio 37 announced their plan to produce the Cobra film with a budget of more than US$100 million for a tentative summer 2013 release. Staff included producers Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassom, co-producers Alexandra Milchan and Gregory Levasseur, and executive producers Marc Sessego and Andree Cornier. Aja is still attached to direct and produce, and the film had been based on his own script, co-written with Levasseur.

Terasawa’s Cobra manga began in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1978 and was adapted into an animated television series and film in 1982. NTT Solmare put the manga on Apple’s iTunes App Store in English in 2010.

A video anime project, Cobra The Animation: The Psychogun, launched in Japan in 2008. A second two-volume project, Cobra The Animation: Time Drive, followed in 2009, and a new Cobra The Animation television series aired in 2010. The media-distribution website Crunchyroll began streaming these newer anime projects in 2009.