Appleseed helmer Aramaki finally reboots the Space Pirate after three decades…
It seems you can’t keep a good pirate down. Three decades after it first appeared as a manga comic and then anime TV series, Space Pirate Captain Harlock is being remade as a movie.
The 3D CGI film is thought to be one of the largest productions Toei Animation has ever undertaken, with the budget for the remake reported to be over $30m (£19.1m). The studio has partnered with Valhalla Entertainment and All Nippon Entertainment Works to bring Captain Harlock back to life.
Leiji Matsumoto originally created Space Pirate Captain Harlock as a manga that ran from 1977 to 1979. That series led to a television anime show which ran from 1978-79, spawning the sequel Arcadia Of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX.
Harutoshi Fukui, who wrote the light novel series Gundam Unicorn, has written the script and if the film follows the previous storyline it will see Captain Harlock rebel against Earth’s inept government. Taking his 40-strong crew and the fearsome space battleship Arcadia they turn to piracy to fight for humanity on their own terms. Appleseed’s Shinji Aramaki is directing the project.
Toei first announced the Space Pirate remake in 2010, showing off footage at the Tokyo International Anime Fair the same year. A preview followed at France’s Annecy animation festival in 2011 and the film was scheduled for release is 2012. However, like Toei’s robot anime series Daikuu Maryuu Gaiking, the project hasn’t hit that deadline.
Toei has now posted a teaser trailer for Space Pirate Captain Harlock online and the remake is expected to open this autumn in Japanese cinemas.