Korea's Eight Peaks Plans Captain Harlock Movie
posted on by Egan Loo
The Korean production company Eight Peaks announced on April 10 that it signed a joint production contract with Japan's Genome Entertainment to make a Captain Harlock film with an initial investment of US$10 million. Eight Peaks projects that the total production cost of the film will be in the US$100-million range, and that it will foot 20% of the bill. Eight Peaks CEO and director Won Ju-Han coordinated the agreement, and Hidemi Satani (Azumi, Armitage III, Cromartie High: The Movie) is producing from Genome's side. Eight Peaks is best known for the hit live-action comedy/drama series Princess Hours (Palace).
Manga and anime pioneer Leiji Matsumoto created the original Space Pirate Captain Harlock story about an honorable rogue captain aboard the spaceship Arcadia. Matsumoto's original manga has been adapted on television three times, in movie theaters twice, and as a video series once. Perhaps the most well-known of these adaptations is the original television series adaptation by director Rintaro (Galaxy Express 999 movie, Metropolis, X movie).