Alexandre Aja to Adapt Cobra The Space Pirate
After dipping into the cold, deadly waters of “Piranha 3D”, director Alexandre Aja would like to take a trip into outer space for his next project — by adapting the popular (at least overseas) Japanese manga/anime “Cobra – The Space Pirate”.
In a future where merchant spaceships and ruthless brigands sail across space, Cobra is a notorious rogue pirate whose refusal to align with the United Galaxies Federation or the Pirates Guild puts him on the business end of a huge bounty. As he tries to keep his identity secret and avoid capture, Cobra teams up with a sexy bounty hunter named Jane, who is out to locate her sisters and decode a treasure map tattooed on their backs. Their goal: to liberate a lost treasure on Mars. To Aja, Cobra was every bit a seminal rogue as Han Solo or Indiana Jones.
Aja is apparently a very big fan of the show, which is very popular in Western Europe but mostly unknown here in the States.
Using his enthusiasm for the project, Aja got the film rights himself from Buichi Terasawa, who turned the manga into the animated show. Aja is currently writing the script with Gregory Levasseur, and says about the project:
“I grew up dreaming about Cobra,” Aja told me. “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 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.”
Man’s enthusiastic about the project, you gotta give him that.