HORNS Director Alexandre Aja Still Keen On SPACE ADVENTURE COBRA Movie

Director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes) talks about his desire to make a film adaptation of anime classic Cobra the Space Pirate..."If you want to do a new kind of Star Wars, it's expensive. There are no shortcuts."

Alexandre Aja spoke with Collider at TIFF about his new project, Horns which stars Daniel Radcliffe and during the course of the interview, revealed that he's interested in an adaptation of the anime classic, Cobra the Space Pirate. While talking about what he has coming down the pipeline, Aja says, "There is still my dream project, Cobra the Space Pirate, which is an adaptation of a very well known manga in Japan. I grew up reading and watching and I would really like to bring it to the big screen. But it's a very ambitious and expensive project." Aja admitted that it's going to be very difficult to get the film made adding, "It's going to be very hard but we are trying everything, we will make it. I always hear about visual effects getting cheaper but I always see visual effect[sic] getting more expensive. They get better for sure but cheaper, I don't think so. If you want to do a new kind of Star Wars, it's expensive. There are no shortcuts."

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"Cobra (also known as Space Adventure Cobra and Space Cobra)" began as a 1978 manga from Buichi Terasawa. The story follows the futuristic adventures space wayfarer Cobra who surgically alters his face and erases his memory in order to lead a normal life. However, his old enemies and allies soon catch up to him and he'll need his ship, Tortuga, his partner Lady Armaroid, and his trusty firearm, the Psycho-Gun, to say alive.

Alexandre Aja secured the film rights from Terasawa in 2010 and began working on a script with Gregory Levasseur (The Hills Have Eyes, Maniac) with the goal of a Summer 2013 release date. The project is still in development.
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