The Russo Brothers, after the massive success of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame have been mainly focusing on producing and directing their non-Marvel projects for the next little while. One of those projects happens to be a live-action feature film based on the Japanese anime series Battle of The Planets.
Battle of the Planets cast five young people as G-Force, consisting of Mark, Jason, Princess, Keyop, and Tiny. G-Force protects Earth from the planet Spectra and other attacks from beyond space. The most prominent field commander of the Spectra forces was a villainous, masked individual known as Zoltar.
Joe Russo has now given an update on where they are in the development phase with the project.
During an interview with Collider, Joe revealed that they’re still in the process of developing concept art and the film’s “bible” before they move into getting a script for the anime adaptation.
JOE RUSSO: “It’s not going to be a direct adaptation of the series.”
“It’s going to be our own story that we tell surrounding a group of genetically altered kids who are involved in a space war… That could take months of gestating, and trying to figure out what the new mythology is. And then we commit that to a bible, and then from that bible, we do some artwork as exploration, and once we have artwork that we’re inspired by we then commit that to a script. So we’re in the bible phase for Battle of the Planets at the moment.”
We’ve only seen a handful of attempts to turn Japanese manga/anime properties into Hollywood feature films with adaptations such as Fist of The North Star, Dragonball, Speed Racer, Blood: The Last Vampire, Kite, Death Note, Alita: Battle Angel, and Ghost In The Shell.
Most of those films weren’t exactly successful at the box office or with audiences/critics. I’m sure the Russo Brothers understand things and will be thinking very carefully how to bring Battle of The Planets to the big screen.
Then again, we’ve seen plenty of these anime/manga projects announced or placed into development that have a tough time making to the production stage.
Other various live-action western adaptations in development or that have been developed in the past include Akira (in development since 2002), Attack on Titan, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Robotech, Voltron, Ninja Scroll, One Punch Man, and Cowboy Bebop series from Netflix.
Here is hoping the Russo Brothers can get the film they want made without too many headaches over creative direction and budgets.
Are you excited for the Russo Brothers to tackle an anime adaptation and who would you cast in the big screen version?