Director Alexandre Aja Goes from Piranhas to Space Pirates
08.19.10 by Ryan
With Piranha 3-D opening this weekend, director Alexandre Aja is already setting up his next project, an adaptation of the Japanese manga comic, Cobra - The Space Pirate by Buichi Terasawa. The comic was eventually turned into a animated series shown on European television, and Aja, who grew up in France, told Deadline that the series was a big part of his childhood.
I grew up dreaming about Cobra. My day was, finish school, run home and switch on the TV and I was hardly the only one. Kids did it in France, Italy, Spain, all over Western Europe. For many people there is Star Wars and nothing else, but for me and my writing partner Grégory [Levasseur], 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.
The story seems close to Star Wars, as it focuses on a space pirate (obviously) named Cobra who teams with a sexy bounty hunter named Jane and try to uncover a lost treasure on Mars. Aja has been granted the rights to the story from Terasawa and will start to write the script with Levasseur. Aja is also hoping to continue to work with the 3-D format.
It should be in 3D, science fiction and 3D are a good mix. 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.