The release of Dragonball hasn’t even come along yet (we’re still a few days away), and yet there’s already a script written for the inevitable sequel! According to star Justin Chatwin (who plays Goku in the film), it’s not just some ideas wrote down on some pieces of paper, but an actual completed script that has been written, although I doubt it will be the final version.
Here’s what Chatwin told MTV:
“I know they’ve written a second one and it’s pretty far out there. The second one really goes to some different places that I’ve never seen in any comic book adaptation”
MTV goes on to say that: “Chatwin admits that he hasn’t read the sequel script firsthand, but that he’s been told a lot about it and that he and co-star Emmy Rossum (Bulma) would jump at the chance to return for more.”
It appears that James Marsters (who plays Piccolo) is also eager to come back:
“Likewise, Marsters is not only ready for a second chapter, but would like to see the franchise continue indefinitely. A die-hard fan of the anime, Marsters has every intention of fulfilling the arc of Piccolo in live-action.”
“We’re going to get to ‘Dragonball Z’ later,” said Marsters, “where Piccolo becomes youthful and he’s going to become the Piccolo that most people recognize.”
However director James Wong is being a bit more cautious:
“Director James Wong wants to reminds fans that, even though a sequel may have already been written (he would neither confirm nor deny the script’s existence), the litmus test is really going to come down to next weekend’s box office.”
Wong is probably just not wanting to give away the fact that they already have some sort of script written, just in case this first film tanks at the box office, which it may very well do. There’s no denying the original Dragonball cartoon has a strong following out there, but in the bigger picture, let’s face it, the fan base isn’t that big.
Remember Grindhouse? Remember Snakes on a Plane? Those two seemed to have massive support (mainly on the web) before they came out, and it seemed like they were going to dominate the box office, but that’s not how it turned out.
So the support may seem huge for Dragonball because of its loyal fan base (which, again, I’m not disputing) but I just don’t know if the wider, more general movie going audience will be flocking to see this thing, particularly in the all important opening weekend.
In roughly a week we’ll find out, anyway.
What do you make of there already being a Dragonball sequel script written? Do you think they should have waited to see how the first one performed before writing another?
Dragonball is to be released on April 10th in the US, and April 8th in the UK.
Source: MTV Splash Page