Director Alexandre Aja Comments on Live-Action Cobra Plans

posted on by Kiara Valdez

Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D), the director for the planned live-action adaptation of Buichi Terasawa's manga series Cobra, recently commented on the film's progress. Aja told the Japanese entertainment news website Crank In on Saturday, ”Although I am happy I was able to acquire the film rights, production cost is enormous, and deciding the cast is also difficult. When I think 'who the heck is going to play that Cobra?', I become unable to move forward." Aja then told the website that even though the project is tough, he said the staff are definitely making progress.

In 2011, Paris-based film production and distribution firms Onyx and Studio 37 announced their plan to produce the Cobra film with a budget of more than US$100 million for a tentative summer 2013 release. Staff included producers Aton Soumache and Dimitri Rassom, co-producers Alexandra Milchan and Gregory Levasseur, and executive producers Marc Sessego and Andree Cornier. Aja is still attached to direct and produce, and the film had been based on his own script, co-written with Levasseur.

Terasawa's Cobra manga began in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1978 and was adapted into an animated television series and film in 1982. NTT Solmare put the manga on Apple's iTunes App Store in English in 2010.

A video anime project, Cobra The Animation: The Psychogun, launched in Japan in 2008. A second two-volume project, Cobra The Animation: Time Drive, followed in 2009, and a new Cobra The Animation television series aired in 2010. The media-distribution website Crunchyroll began streaming these newer anime projects in 2009.

[Via Hachima Kikō]

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