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James Cameron remaking Battle Beyond The Stars?


JC set to produce 'Seven Samurai In Space'. Hang on, he already did that movie in 1980...

Sybil Danning in Battle Beyond The Stars (1980)

ComingSoon's revelation that Avatar supremo James Cameron is set to produce a new SF actioner based on Akira Kurosawa'a The Seven Samurai can't help but sound familiar to anyone who remembers the 1980 Roger Corman Star Wars knock-off Battle Beyond The Stars, which not only exactly fits the Seven Samurai description but on which James Cameron was an art-director and VFX supervisor (with the Skotak brothers he would later employ on Aliens), turning out some impressive sets and spaceship sequences on a legendarily low Corman budget.

The new Cameron project appears to be Shane Salerno's Doomsday Protocol, which we last heard of over a year ago. When Protocol was announced as "an epic sci-fi adventure in the vein of 'The Seven Samurai' involving a group of aliens and humans with various abilities who are brought together to save Earth", more than a few people thought of BBtS, and Cameron's involvement makes me wonder if the Salerno effort might not be melding into an unofficial or semi-official remake of Jimmy T. Murakami's space western.

The only difference is that in Battle the planet being saved was not the Earth, but some Star Wars-style 'distant culture' that happens to resemble Earth pretty closely. The lone warriors recruited to save the besieged planet included thermal aliens, a space cowboy played by George Peppard and a ruthless assassin played by Robert Vaughn.

At the time, the movie was the most expensive Corman outing to date, and was a box-office success, not least with the dads who appreciated the little-hidden charms of recruited Valkyrie warrior St.Exmin (Sybil Danning). Additionally it remains the only science-fiction film ever to feature a spaceship with breasts.

CS got the juice from Production Weekly's Twiitter feed, the whole of which states: "James Cameron is developing a Shane Salerno-scripted sci-fi action script for Fox, described as an "event" film set in the future."

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