News U.S. Syfy Channel Lists Star Blazers TV Show in April (Update 2)
posted on 2011-02-25 13:31 EST
The American television channel Syfy's online schedule lists two episodes of Star Blazers: The Quest for Iscandar on Monday, April 21 at 12:00 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Star Blazers: The Quest for Iscandar (1979-1980) is the dubbed and partly rewritten adaptation of Yoshinobu Nishizaki and Leiji Matsumoto's 1974-1975 television anime Space Battleship Yamato.
The titular spaceship Yamato (Argo in Star Blazers) is built from the remains of the World War II battleship of the same name to protect Earth from extraterrestrial threats. The first television anime spawned two television sequels, two video projects, and six films including 2009's Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection. A live-action film remake of the original Space Battleship Yamato anime opened in Japan last December.
Skydance Productions, the company that financed half of the recent American film True Grit, is negotiating to acquire the live-action film rights to Star Blazers. Skydance head David Ellison (son of Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison) and Josh Klein would produce if the deal is completed, and Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, The Wolverine) would write the screenplay.
Syfy had previously updated its schedule to reflect its Tuesday-night anime block's move to Thursday nights next month.
Update: Tim Eldred, content producer for the official starblazers.com website, reports that the Star Blazers' production company, Voyager Entertainment, had not heard of the announcement for Syfy's scheduled run.
Update 2: Tim Eldred has confirmed with Voyager Entertainment that Syfy will run Star Blazers as listed on the schedule.
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