According to ANN, this is what Dragonball-Z creator Akira Toriyama thinks about the upcoming Hollywood production Dragonball Evolution:
As the original creator, I had a feeling of “Huh?” upon seeing the screenplay and the character designs, but the director, all the actors, the staff, and the rest are nothing but “ultra” high-caliber people. Maybe the right way for me and all the fans to appreciate it is as a New Dragonball of a different dimension. Perhaps, this might become a great masterpiece of power! Hey, I look forward to it!!
Mike’s Take: this is clearly code for “I really, really don’t like it, but I’m too nice to say otherwise.” Notice he avoids saying anything about the quality of the production itself except to say “Huh?” and that maybe it’s a “different dimension” rather than genuinely related to his work? You can have a cast and staff of “ultra high-caliber people” with a power level over 9000 and still make a crappy movie, after all. It makes his comment about the “great masterpiece of power” seem like the tongue-in-cheek comment that it almost certainly is.
Further info reveals that the movie will be released in Japan before the US. Now that’s interesting–they seem to be expecting it to do well there. The Japanese trailer also seems to promise a Japanese song as well. I’m not sure what to make of that. Did the Wachowski Bros. version of Speed Racer do well in Japan too?
I eagerly await a similar note from Shinichiro Watanabe when he reads the first draft screenplays for the Cowboy Bebop live-action, Keanu’d movie.