'70s sci-fi anime Star Blazers about to blast off on the big screen

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Oct 30, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

Ever heard of the beloved, '70s sci-fi anime series Star Blazers? If not, that should change soon enough.

Skydance Productions has hired Chris McQuarrie (Jack the Giant Slayer, The Usual Suspects) to write and direct a big-budget sci-fi tentpole based on the '70s anime series (which in itself is an adaptation of Space Battleship Yamato), which focused on a small team trying to save future-Earth from an alien race.

With Star Trek already burning up the box office, and the upcoming Star Wars revival expected to blow the genre wide open again, the studio hopes Star Blazers can use one part nostalgia and two parts sci-fi whiz-bang to tap into the zeitgeist.

Here’s the proposed synopsis, which sounds pretty awesome, via Deadline:

Earth’s atmosphere has been obliterated by a distant alien race, and the survivors have one year before radiation will reach their underground refuge and wipe out the human race. The survivors get a shot of hope in the form of alien technology that can deliver a small crew across the universe and back with the means to stave off extinction.

The idea is to launch Star Blazers as a new sci-fi franchise, with potential sequels a part of the equation if people come out for the first installment. Do you think there’s a place in the public consciousness for this beloved — but mostly forgotten — sci-fi classic? 

(Via Deadline)