Space Adventure Cobra, Buichi Terasawa's series about the adventures of a man who's a cross between Han Solo, Buckaroo Banzai and Douglas Quaid from Total Recall , is getting the live action treatment thanks to French director Alexandre Aja. Movie news site Deadline (via ANN) is reporting the filmmaker has just secured the rights to make the film, but exactly when remains up in the air. Other sources show Aja having two movies ahead of Cobra in line.
Says Aja of his love of Cobra:
"I grew up dreaming about Cobra. My day was, finish school, run home, and switch on the TV, and I was hardly the only one. Kids did it in France, Italy, Spain, all over Western Europe. For many people there is Star Wars and nothing else, but for me and my writing partner Gregory, there is Star Wars and Cobra."
Aja as a filmmaker is still on the periphery of American film watchers' attention and is often associated with the "Splat Pack" group of directors that deal in blood-soaked movie stuff. He'll do well in movies on this side of the pond provided he picks his battles wisely. His 2003 horror Haute Tension is a damn bloody little affair barely short of an NC17-rating and got the man enough recognition for Wes Craven to ask him to remake The Hills Have Eyes in 2006, which Aja once again knocked out of the park. He's also just finished up directing Piranha 3-D and here's where I'm worried about the choices (or perhaps lack thereof?) he's making in Hollywood. If that's as facepalm-worthy as many folks think it'll be, let's hope the world forgets he directed it just like they forgot James Cameron directed Piranha 2.