Piranha 3D helmer tackles Cobra

Alexandre Aja develops Japanese manga Cobra – The Space Pirate…

Alexandre Aja is developing a movie based on Japanese manga Cobra – The Space Pirate.

Created by Buichi Terasawa, the sci-fi manga, follows a rogue space pirate Cobra and bounty hunter Jane as they seek to liberate a lost treasure on Mars.

The Piranha 3D helmer has acquired the rights to the story, which was previously adapted for a hit animated series in Europe.

“I grew up dreaming about Cobra,” Aja said. “My day was, finish school, run home and switch on the TV, and I was hardly the only one. Kids did it in France, Italy, Spain, all over Western Europe.

“For many people there is Star Wars and nothing else, but for me and my writing partner Gregory, there is Star Wars and Cobra.”

Piranha 3D is in cinemas now