Piranha Director Wants Space Opera Manga Next

Not content with sullying the 3D waters with the upcoming Piranha 3D, director Alex Aja has set his sights higher for his next movie. As high as deep space, in fact.

Aja plans to adapt Cobra - The Space Pirate, manga created by Buichi Terasawa that was turned into an animated television series in the 1980s, into an ongoing big budget movie franchise. The Hills Have Eyes and Mirrors director told Deadline Hollywood that he has already secured the rights to the project, and plans to treat it properly:

For many people there is Star Wars and nothing else, but for me and my writing partner Gregory, there is Star Wars and Cobra. I am so surprised it never crossed the ocean and made the same impact in the U.S., because it is so big everywhere else. There are 60 books, a lot of TV animation and so many adventures, pirates and bad guys that it is perfect to be reinvented into a really cool space opera adventure franchise for a new generation... I'll start work on the script soon, but I have been carrying this inside me for 30 years and we are talking to the creature designers of films like Avatar and Star Trek, building a new world and doing it the right way.


The movies will, of course, be in 3D; "science fiction and 3D are a good mix," according to the director.

Piranha 3D is released this weekend.

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