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Mackinsie
December 17th, 2007, 11:49 PM
I didn't know they were making a film version. I know we have a few Dragonball fans here who might be interested. ;)


Emmy Rossum has booked the female lead in 20th Century Fox's "Dragonball," based on the popular Japanese manga.

Justin Chatwin stars as Goku, a warrior who protects the Earth from a stream of rogues bent on dominating the universe. James Marsters plays the film's villain, Lord Piccolo.

Rossum takes on the role of Bulma, whose father's Dragon Ball is stolen by Piccolo.

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Actor-director-writer Stephen Chow is producing. "Final Destination" helmer James Wong is directing from a script he penned. Ben Ramsey wrote an earlier draft.


Emmy Rossum set for 'Dragonball' (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117977810.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&nid=2564)

LordTBT
December 18th, 2007, 03:43 AM
Not an anime guy at all myself, but since it's in the same vein of things, the Wachowskis are currently working on a Speed Racer film. To be honest I'm interested to see how they do it.

Mama Hedgehog
January 8th, 2008, 11:32 PM
Don't know if I'd heard about the Dragonball movie or not. I do think I'd heard something about Speedracer, though. It's been a while, too. Wonder if either project is getting anywhere close to completion?

Mackinsie
January 9th, 2008, 07:42 PM
SpeedRacer comes out in May. Trailer (http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/speedracer/) :)

Mama Hedgehog
January 12th, 2008, 08:20 AM
SpeedRacer comes out in May. Trailer (http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/speedracer/) :)

Excellent trailer!!! This is the Speed Racer I remember from the cartoon series!

LordTBT
February 14th, 2008, 02:09 PM
Figured this could go in the 'animated' movie thread.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080214/D8UQ3CTO0.html

New Star Wars film hits theaters in August, but it's animated. 'Clone Wars'.

Abbot Peter
February 15th, 2008, 03:29 PM
Figured this could go in the 'animated' movie thread.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20080214/D8UQ3CTO0.html

New Star Wars film hits theaters in August, but it's animated. 'Clone Wars'.

i am like a star wars fanatic!!

one day i watched all of the star wars movies....(very fun by the way):D

Martin the Warrior
February 26th, 2008, 10:12 PM
Jumping back to the original topic since I never got around to responding last December...

Speaking as a relatively big Dragon Ball fan (all 508 episodes, 16 movies, & 4 TV specials on DVD), I'm not that excited about the movie. Dragon Ball's charm and magic is rooted in the stylized art of Akira Toriyama and that doesn't translate well into live-action. Any attempt to translate even something as benign as Goku's hair will only serve to pull you right out of the movie.

I've seen Japanese fan-made movies/clips where they reenacted the Cha La Head Cha La opening in its entirety (the scars that clip would leave) and even one where they had Freeza destroy earth after a fight... while entertaining for fans, they didn't capture the feel of the show perfectly, and this was with the original music, so I can only imagine what a westernized attempt would wind up as.

Early summaries that were released-- Goku as a high school kid who discovers he's an alien and must battle Piccolo-- leave me scratching my head and then saying, "No thank you." If they kept it to a single arc, a compelling story might be had, but mashing the Piccolo Daimaou, 23rd Tenkaichi Budoukai, and the Saiya-jin Saga all in one is a recipe for disaster. To say nothing of the fact that they'd be sacrificing Goku's charm as a country bumpkin kid who grows up with the audience (I can understand it, but don't agree with it).

On the other hand, I am mildly interested to see how James Marsters does as Piccolo. And they haven't betrayed the concept as totally as G.I. Joe has. ;) So we'll see how they do.

Bladeswift
February 26th, 2008, 11:17 PM
Jumping back to the original topic since I never got around to responding last December...

Speaking as a relatively big Dragon Ball fan (all 508 episodes, 16 movies, & 4 TV specials on DVD), I'm not that excited about the movie. Dragon Ball's charm and magic is rooted in the stylized art of Akira Toriyama and that doesn't translate well into live-action. Any attempt to translate even something as benign as Goku's hair will only serve to pull you right out of the movie.

I've seen Japanese fan-made movies/clips where they reenacted the Cha La Head Cha La opening in its entirety (the scars that clip would leave) and even one where they had Freeza destroy earth after a fight... while entertaining for fans, they didn't capture the feel of the show perfectly, and this was with the original music, so I can only imagine what a westernized attempt would wind up as.

Early summaries that were released-- Goku as a high school kid who discovers he's an alien and must battle Piccolo-- leave me scratching my head and then saying, "No thank you." If they kept it to a single arc, a compelling story might be had, but mashing the Piccolo Daimaou, 23rd Tenkaichi Budoukai, and the Saiya-jin Saga all in one is a recipe for disaster. To say nothing of the fact that they'd be sacrificing Goku's charm as a country bumpkin kid who grows up with the audience (I can understand it, but don't agree with it).

On the other hand, I am mildly interested to see how James Marsters does as Piccolo. And they haven't betrayed the concept as totally as G.I. Joe has. ;) So we'll see how they do.
This movie will fail. It'll look something like this (http://youtube.com/watch?v=4YsKFuwb924) but with better computer effects. That's it.

My only real relief is that the Ginyu Force (http://youtube.com/watch?v=EpaCtPFaPFs) isn't being included. (Actual Ginyu Force footage for comparison (http://youtube.com/watch?v=WbYiqNseyMQ).) At least not in the first film. Are they planning on making sequels? (God help us?)

Cartoons should NOT be made into live action. Ever. The X-Men and Spider-Man films have come closest to getting it done right, but even they sacrifice quality with the limits of the real world. A show devoted to so many special effects (especially in the Z series, where energy beams and flying become the norm) makes it all the more difficult.

I'm amazed any director was willing to touch this franchise at all. Sure, it's popular. But it also makes you the laughingstock of Hollywood.