The live-action Star Blazers movie continues to move forward as it's learned Christopher McQuarrie has been named as director.
Back in February of 2011 it became known that McQuarrie has been brought onboard as the writer, and now Deadline has it he has been tapped to both write and direct.
Christopher McQuarrie wrote The Usual Suspects and most recently Jack The Giant Slayer as well as the original script for The Wolverine.
The Star Blazers movie is coming from Skydance Productions that also was behind recent hits such as World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness and G.I. Joe Retaliation.
Star Blazers is based on the Japanese anime series, Space Battleship Yamato, which sees an alien race decimate the planet earth with radioactive weapons in the forms of meteorites. The humans are forced go underground, but the radiation eventually reaches them. With one year left, the humans discover a message from another distant alien race with an offer of help. The message contains plans for light speed and a promise to cure the earth of the poison radiation. The humans build the Spaces Battleship Yamato to take them across the galaxy in in hopes of saving the human race.