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Fox Scores Dragonball Rights

12 Mar, 2002 By: Hive News

20th Century Fox will turn the popular children's anime series Dragonball into a live action movie under its Fox 2000 banner, the studio reported today.

Dragonball tells an epic story of the struggle between good and evil, involving super-powerful beings from another planet, known as the Saiyans, who protect Earth from the forces of darkness.

Created by Japanese writer Akira Toriyama as a graphic novel, Dragonball has already conquered television, home video and video games. The property, which for more than 15 years has chronicled the mythology of its characters and settings, has an enormous following among young adult males as well as kids, said Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman, chairmen of Fox Filmed Entertainment.

"Acquiring ‘Dragonball' is a major coup for the studio," Gianopulos said. "It's an amazing and creative property, rich in great characters and unique worlds, and we are thrilled to be involved with it. We look forward to launching DRAGONBALL as our newest live-action motion picture franchise."

Fox acquired the rights from Toriyama, who was represented by his publisher, Shueisha. The parties also plan to pursue development of other projects controlled by Shueisha, a leader in the field of manga and anime properties.

Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler will oversee the movie project.

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