Oscar winning writer of The Usual Suspects, Christopher McQuarrie has reportedly signed on to scribble the words for a film adaptation of Star Blazers, according to Darkhorizons.com (via Deadline).

An adaptation of the Japanese anime TV series Space Battleship Yamato, the film takes place after a message arrives from a distant planet promising a cure for the proliferating surface radiation, Earth's last vestige of hope rests on the crew of a powerful yet untested spaceship, which must reach the purported new ally and return home before mankind ceases to exist. Eh, and stuff... sounds expensive. 

McQuarrie also wrote and directed the criminally underrated Way of the Gun, but is unlikely to be helming here.