Deadline is reporting that The Way of the Gun and Jack Reacher writer-director Christopher McQuarrie has signed on to write and direct the live-action adaptation of the anime Star Blazers. McQuarrie, Josh Klein, David Ellison and Dana Goldberg will produce the film under Skydance Entertainment. Originally based on the ’70s Japanese anime Space Battleship Yamato, Star Blazers is described as follows:
Planet Earth is counting down its final days, suffering from the deadly radiation of Gamilon Planet Bombs. From the depths of space, a message of hope arrives from Queen Starsha of Iscandar, who offers the Cosmo DNA that can cleanse Earth of its radioactive pollution and save humanity. But Iscandar is 148,000 light years away, farther than any human has ever traveled.
McQuarrie is also signed on to direct the upcoming fifth Mission: Impossbile film for Paramount. A release date has not been set for either film.