Zack Snyder Wants to Make a Live-Action ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Movie

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The monochromatic Zack Snyder treatment applied to the cover for the eighth volume of the 'Dragon Ball Z' manga.
Source: Shonen Jump Manga

The Justice League director wants to bring the iconic anime series to the big screen (again.)

Though he’s become something of a go-to for DC Comics adaptations, Zack Snyder appears to be looking to Japanese animation and manga as source material for upcoming projects.

In a new interview with Youtube personality, Tyrone Magnus, the Justice League director expressed his interest in trying a hand at another live-action Dragon Ball Z adaptation for the big-screen. Snyder tells Magnus, given the right parameters, he would “definitely” get behind a remake or live-action adaptation of the iconic anime series. “That would be fun because I love animation and I watch a ton of anime with my kid, who’s too young to watch it,” Snyder admits. The question seems prompted by the director’s 2011 movie, Sucker Punch, which was heavily-influenced by Japanese animation.

Any expectations here would be fully premature, as the last attempt at a live-action treatment of Akira Toriyama’s hit anime series was widely regarded as an absolute disaster. Released in 2009, Dragon Ball Evolution, was so bad, the film’s writer, Ben Ramsey, issued an apology to fans of the series. “To have something with my name on it as the writer be so globally reviled is gut-wrenching. To receive hate mail from all over the world is heartbreaking. I spent so many years trying to deflect the blame, but at the end of the day it all comes down to the written word on-page and I take full responsibility for what was such a disappointment to so many fans,” Ramsey told Dao of Dragon Ball in a 2016 interview. Toriyama weighed in on the colossal blunder of the 2009 film as well. In a 2013 interview, the Dragon Ball creator recalled how the studio “had this odd confidence and didn’t really comply with my suggestions. And just as I thought, the result was a movie I cannot call Dragon Ball.”

Nonetheless, Snyder appears to be on Hollywood’s good side these days. Someone even let him release a four-hour director’s cut of a movie nobody liked the first time around. So who knows what the future might hold.

Watch Zack Snyder’s full interview with Tyrone Magnus below.

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