Classic anime series Space Battleship Yamato is getting new sequel in form of full length feature film, scheduled to be released in upcoming December in Japan.
The original anime told a story of a Japanese battleship Yamato, converted by humans into advanced spaceship with the help of alien race, to fight another evil alien race that slowly destroying Earth by radioactive bombs. The series was dubbed into English version for US under the name of Star Blazers, and it was very popular all around the world as well, expanding later into series of full length movies. The saga ended in 1983 with Final Yamato, so the upcoming film is the first appearance of the battleship in 26 years.
In addition to that, back in 2006 it was announced by Hollywood production company Benderspink, that they will be adapting the anime into live action film with possible release in 2010, but I am not sure if they are still behind it. There were some additional recent confirmations for this project, that it's in development, but no solid details so far.
Trailer for Space Battleship Yamato: Rebirth was just released on the official website of the film, and here it is.
The story of the movie is set in the year 2220, 17 years after the events of the last film, and will focus on efforts to evacuate the Earth due to the dangerously expanding moving black hole. The fleet of spaceships with refugees is being attacked, and Yamato is there to defend them.
As wikipedia article amusingly indicates: The Space Battleship Yamato series generally involves themes of brave sacrifice, noble enemies, and respect for heroes lost in the line of duty. Lets hope the current film will be a little bit more cynical.
And second trailer:
Few months ago, a 9 minute promo for the film appeared on the web. You can watch this CGI buffed footage here.
You can also visit English fan site of the space saga for more info about previous films and comics.