9/4/08 - After many months of waiting. We finally get to see Piccolo!
8/27/08 - A report from FilmJunk said: "According to our tipster, the higher-ups at Fox are not too impressed the footage that has been shot thus far, and are seriously debating shutting the whole thing down." This sent several news websites running the story. Was it true? As it turns out, No. Dbthemovie.com dug deaper into the story and heard from the horses mouth: "According to the blog site, the studio have insisted that the information shared earlier was a false one and that the James Wong-directed movie is still slated to be released in April 2009. Supporting Dragonball the Movie was Superhero Flix which noted that a source close to the project has said that the first edit is done and Fox's toppers are digging what they have seen." source
Not only is the Dragonball movie still "on the shelf" but it turns out that Fox is planning on releasing the first trailer with the Max Payne movie on October 17th. Excited? I am. source
7/24/08 - More Dragonball images continue to surface. This time we have another teaser poster as well as Goku in a blue gi outfit. Enjoy!
7/16/08 - Over at dbthemovie.com, they translated an interview that Jump Magazine had with James Marsters who is playing Piccolo.
How many hours does it take to apply the make-up?
JM: It takes about four hours. Luckily, my make-up artist is very chatty, we have a lot of chat during the make up.
Please tell us the most remarkable scene in the movie, especially action scenes!
JM: It is the last battle after all! I like playing the battle scene. When I worked for a TV show for seven years, every Friday I fought till sun rise, I felt I would never have such a good time again until now. In addition, I have never gotten terribly hurt (laugh).
Do you talk with other co-stars as well?
JM: When I have a problem, I have a talk with Justin [Chatwin]. At first, we worried about the costumes. We thought it should reflect the spirit of the original, we persisted this thought to the producers. We didn’t want to make our characters beautiful and safe. I talked with Justin, and he agreed with me. So did the director.
What do you care about in acting for this movie?
JM: That’s a good question. Speaking of Piccolo, one word comes into my mind, it’s “loneliness”. Piccolo is always floating in the air in the beautiful landscape, but he never even admires the landscape, he is only thinking or musing and staring at his feet. I think that is a characteristic of piccolo more than anything else. Maybe it must be a characteristic for revenge. He hates himself and blames the people who has trapped him. His desire to kill not only them but their family, furthermore to destroy the city and the planet they live and protect. To get revenge is everything to him. Everything.
How was shooting in Durango?
JM: The desert of Durango is very cold at night (laugh). I was luckily wearing armor, but Goku was freezing at the beginning of shooting. The local people are very kind and get along with us. Besides they love to party very much! If I didn’t have work, I would be willing to join them. They are drinking and singing songs until 4:30 a.m. But I need to sleep for the shooting the next day, after all so I changed the hotel to get away from the partying people.
Finally, please give us a message to our readers in Japan.
JM: Japan is beautiful. Thank you for giving Dragonball to us! It’s an important show to us all and I want you to watch it, especially the young people. I thank the show for a lot of good times with my son. I’ll do my best to meet the high expectations the fans have.
6/12/08 - A new picture discovered although in low quality, shows that Goku will indeed be using the powerpole in the Dragonball movie. Below is an enlarged image, click on the picture of Justin Chatwin as Goku for a full size picture.
5/23/08 - New scans from Roadshow magazine show us some more of the cast of the Dragoball movie and their outfits. Source
4/27/08 - The Dragonball movie has finished filming.Source.
Goku is set to die in the Dragonball movie sequel (seriously)
The first image of the Dragonball movie poster is seen. Source The caption in this image reads "Dragonball hits theaters in the states on April 8th 2009." Click on the image to the right to see a larger image.
3/5/08 - The Dragonball movie has been delayed yet again. The original release was scheduled for this year on August 15, 2008. It has now been pushed back to April 3, 2009. This was done by 20th Century Fox, it is rumored that it was pushed back to avoid it competing against Fox's own Star Wars: The Clone Wars (animated version) and the Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder, which are released the same week. There are some benefits to this movie being pushed back, one of those being more time for effects to be polished. Source
2/27/08 - Ernie Hudson has been cast for Dragonball, you will recognize himfrom Ghostbusters 1 & 2 it is unclear who he will play, although there are rumors that he will play some sort of alter boy - read more about it here.
[Based on] The King Piccolo Saga [Dragonball], also known as the Piccolo Daimaoh Saga (Demon Lord Piccolo Saga) is the penultimate saga from the anime Dragonball. It occurs after the Tien Shinhan Saga and precedes the Piccolo Junior Saga. It includes the battles between Goku and King Piccolo's sons, Goku's first encounter with the Samurai warrior, Yajirobe, Goku's quest to find the Holy Water, his final battle with young King Piccolo, and the birth of Piccolo Junior
Appearances also made by Yamcha and Bulma but regretably not Pu'ar or Oolong, nor even Krillin. Ox King and his Daughter Chi Chi are speculated.
Goku is planned to die in sequel movie. Source.
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DIRECTOR AND WRITERS:
Akira Toriyama (comic)
Ben Ramsey adaptation
James Wong adaptation
James Wong screenplay
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Fox snagged the film rights to Dragon Ball Z way back in 2002. Since then several personnel have been involved, including director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) and screenwriter Tedi Sarafian (Terminator 3). Last fall, Emmy nominee James Wong (director of the first and third Final Destination films, as well as The One) came aboard to direct Dragon Ball Z from his own screenplay.
Wong rewrote an earlier draft by Ben Ramsey (The Big Hit). Actor-filmmaker Stephen Chow (CJ7, Kung Fu Hustle) is producing the film. Chow informed the Oriental Morning Post last November, "I have been a Dragon Ball fan for a long time. ... The airy and unstrained story leaves much room for creation."
Filming on DBZ began last December in Mexico and Los Angeles. Final Destination's Robert McLachlan is the director of photography, with Bruton Jones (Underworld) serving as production designer, Patricio M. Farrell (Right at Your Door) as art director, and Mayes C. Rubeo (Apocalypto) as costume designer.
The special effects are being handled by Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc., which has worked on the Spider-Man films. Ariel Velasco-Shaw (300, Freddy vs. Jason) is serving as Dragonball's visual effects supervisor.
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