Like many of you, I was a massive fan of Dragon Ball Z growing up! The amazing fights, the great characters the crass humor all worked perfectly for my impressionable palette. Even now, Dragon Ball, and Dragon Ball Z stand the test of time as one of the most important pieces of content in my life.
Dragon Ball Evolution was everything fans didn’t want from a live-action Dragon Ball adaptation. There were parts of the plot that were altered and ignored. The creators of the movie clearly never watched the show. It stands as one of the worst movie theater experiences I can remember. It was a disgrace to Akira Toriyama and has brilliant vision. The movies poor critical response and terrible box office performance but the idea of a true, big budget DBZ film on hold.
Recently, Ben Ramsey, the writer of (I Won’t Say The Movie’s Name Again) talked about his experience writing the movie:
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.
I’m not mad at him. I’m mad at the establishment that allowed these people to write, direct and act in a movie adapted from source material they clearly didn’t understand. I’m even more upset after movies like Man Of Steel that prove you can create set pieces that show the power and destruction of DBZ characters. Give me $200 Million and I’ll make a quality Dragon Ball Z movie. Ok, I’m done.
(via The Dao Of Dragonball)