With volume after volume of the original manga and hundreds of episodes of multiple anime series, it’s no surprise that next week’s "Dragonball Evolution" only touches the tip of the iceberg in regards to the epic mythology of "Dragonball." What is a surprise, however, is that a sequel has already been penned.
“I know they’ve written a second one and it’s pretty far out there,” actor Justin Chatwin told MTV News. Chatwin plays Goku, the hero of the tale, who seeks to recover the powerful "Dragonballs" and protect the world from the evil Lord Piccolo, played by "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alum James Marsters.
"The second one really goes to some different places that I’ve never seen in any comic book adaptation," said Chatwin.
Chatwin admits that he hasn’t read the sequel script firsthand, but that he’s been told a lot about it and that he and co-star Emmy Rossum (Bulma) would jump at the chance to return for more.
Likewise, Marsters is not only ready for a second chapter, but would like to see the franchise continue indefinitely. A die-hard fan of the anime, Marsters has every intention of fulfilling the arc of Piccolo in live-action.
“We're going to get to ‘Dragonball Z’ later,” said Marsters, “where Piccolo becomes youthful and he's going to become the Piccolo that most people recognize.”
Director James Wong was a tad more cautious and wants to reminds fans that, even though a sequel may have already been written (he would neither confirm nor deny the script's existence), the litmus test is really going to come down to next weekend’s box office. Then again, if “Star Trek” is doing it, maybe the premature sequel is the next big thing.
What “Dragonball” storylines would you like to see adapted next? Do you think it’s too soon to be thinking franchise? Share your thoughts below!