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Alexandre Aja goes from Piranhas in 3D to Cobra Space Pirate?

08.19.2010

Alex Aja has decided after the boobs and carnage that is PIRANHA 3D, he will switch to the boobs and action that is COBRA- THE SPACE PIRATE.

No, I did not just make that up. It makes perfect sense. If Spike Spiegel can collect woolongs as a space cowboy then Cobra can make jokes about a scantily clad woman's ass while shooting his psycho gun arm.

What is Cobra about? "In a future where merchant spaceships and ruthless brigands sail across space, Cobra is a notorious rogue pirate whose refusal to align with the United Galaxies Federation or the Pirates Guild puts him on the business end of a huge bounty. As he tries to keep his identity secret and avoid capture, Cobra teams up with a sexy bounty hunter named Jane, who is out to locate her sisters and decode a treasure map tattooed on their backs. Their goal: to liberate a lost treasure on Mars."

Cobra isn't known very well over here, but Aja had it playing on his television when he was younger, "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." Creator Buichi Terasawa finally granted the rights to Aja who is ready to dive into the sci-fi adventure genre.

Aja will begin writing the script soon with collaborator Gregory Levasseur. In case you were wondering, it will be in 3D. The director gave his perspective on the technology, "It should be in 3D, science fiction and 3D are a good mix. I'll start work on the script soon, but I have been carrying this inside me for 30 years and we are talking to the creature designers of films like Avatar and Star Trek, building a new world and doing it the right way."

To check out some of the animated COBRA, head here. It's actually quite entertaining.

Extra Tidbit: Before anyone questions my Spiegel comment, I know he's a bounty hunter. But...one of the reasons it's called "Cowboy Bebop" is because a group of bounty hunters are called "cowboys". :) (Yes, I did just insert a smiley face)
Source: Deadline

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