Movie adaptations can be a scary thing, especially when it comes to anime. Every time I see a live-action adaptation about some much loved anime, I cringe a little on the inside because the track record for these movies is absolutely abysmal. Avatar: The Last Airbender’s live-action movie was widely regarded as a piece of dumpster trash and rightfully so. They screwed up literally everything in that movie. But one movie before that already hurt the core of anime fans and that was Dragonball Evolution.
The movie was pure trash, going as far away from the source material as possible and replacing it with Z-movie tropes and terrible acting. The made Master Roshi a Spanish dude, for the love of Piccolo. The movie was a betrayal and an abysmal failure and many went to the writer for the movie to direct their hate. The writer in question was Derek Padula and now after all these years, he wants to say he’s sorry. Check it out:
I knew that it would eventually come down to this one day. Dragonball Evolution marked a very painful creative point in my life. To have something with my name on it as the writer be so globally reviled is gut wrenching. To receive hate mail from all over the world is heartbreaking. I spent so many years trying to deflect the blame, but at the end of the day it all comes down to the written word on page and I take full responsibility for what was such a disappointment to so many fans. I did the best I could, but at the end of the day, I ‘dropped the dragon ball.’
I went into the project chasing after a big payday, not as a fan of the franchise but as a businessman taking on an assignment. I have learned that when you go into a creative endeavor without passion you come out with sub-optimal results, and sometimes flat out garbage. So I’m not blaming anyone for Dragonball but myself. As a fanboy of other series, I know what it’s like to have something you love and anticipate be so disappointing.
To all the Dragon Ball fans out there, I sincerely apologize.
I hope I can make it up to you by creating something really cool and entertaining that you will like and that is also something I am passionate about. That’s the only work I do now.
The poor man. He is obviously remorseful of his actions, but still, it was still a tragedy that this movie ever happened. It was of course not just his fault, but the fault of the money hungry studio execs and the suits behind it all. What we got in the end was a stain on the landscape of both movies and anime. Let us pray to One Punch Man that this doesn’t happen again.
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