Have You Heard of "Cobra -- the Space Pirate?" It Will Be a Sci-Fi Extravaganza from "Piranha 3D" Director 

So apparently, "Cobra -- the Space Pirate" is a big deal! It's a Japanese manga from Buichi Terasawa that became an animated series and very popular in Europe. According to Deadline Hollywood, "Piranha 3D" director, Alexandre Aja, who grew up loving the series, wants to turn it into a big-screen adventure.

So what is "Cobra -- the Space Pirate" about? A quick Wiki trip reveals:

"The series follows the adventures of Cobra who lived an ordinary life until enemies started to hunt him down. Cobra surgically alters his face, and erases his own memory to hide from his enemies. Cobra starts to regain his memories and then unites with his old partner Lady Armaroid and his ship Tortuga. Later in his adventures, Cobra meets the Royal sisters whose map-tattoos lead to treasure."

Aja has been granted the rights by Terasawa and he is writing the script with Gregory Levasseur. This one will be far cry from Aja's previous horror flicks such as "The Hills Have Eyes," "Mirrors," and the upcoming "Piranha 3D." (Check out my interview with Elizabeth Shue for "Piranha 3D" right here)

Aja tells Deadline:

"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. I am so surprised it never crossed the ocean and made the same impact in the U.S., because it is so big everywhere else. There are 60 books, a lot of TV animation and so many adventures, pirates and bad guys that it is perfect to be reinvented into a really cool space opera adventure franchise for a new generation."

Aja clearly has passion for this project, so more power to him! Oh, and he wants to shoot and present this sci-fi project in digital 3D.

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