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The poster for Alexandre Aja's Cobra: The Space Pirate has to be seen to be believed

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. The French publication has a nice scan of a poster that has been floating around the net for the past 24 hours.

How this poster can look both supremely cheesy and badass at the same time is beyond me, but that's what it does. If he can strike that tone with the flick I'm all for it. Aja made a great slash-n-stalk flick out of the gate with Haute Tension, stayed true to the fucked up wrongness of The Hills Have Eyes and turned in the most glorious tongue-in-cheek slice of fun with Piranha 3-D (even though it has its moments, we'll ignore Mirrors for now).

So, the dude is talented and if he can make a new Snake Plissken-type character for our generation I'd love to see it.

I've never even heard of the source material, but that's not too shocking. I'm not too up on Manga. Maybe some Space Pirate fans can let us know how cool or not this looks from their perspective in the talkbacks below.

Here's the poster. What do you think?



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  • May 1, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Know nothing about the character

    by SilentBob X

    BUT, I do know that the idea of space pirates have been around forever in scifi but never used at all to my knowledge. Let's hope this works, and the poster is cool.

  • May 1, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    There can be only one spacepirate

    by orryn

    Captain Tightpants

  • May 1, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    what about Ice Pirates? lol

    by Bouncy X

  • May 1, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Could be good

    by tbrosz

    I've never read the manga, but I saw the anime version many years ago. It was a great character as I recall, and if played right could be in the same lofty realms as Jack Sparrow or maybe more appropriately Spike Spiegel. I did find out that Japanese for "psycho-gun" is "psycho-gun"

  • May 1, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Ice Pirates are acceptable too.

    by orryn

    ...been awhile since I thought about that movie (and epic love scene) :D

  • May 1, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    There can be only one space pirate...

    by FlickaPoo

    Captain Harlock.

  • May 1, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    This thief again?

    by LethargicJ

    I will never understand why this ripoff keeps getting more work when his first movie was 99.99999% complete and utter plagiarism.

  • May 1, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Mega Man

    by pencil-man

    Looks like the Mega Man 1 box art, kinda. Therefore, this will rock, kinda.

  • May 1, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Space Herpes...

    by diseptikon

    Im still recovering from those damn robots...

  • May 1, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Penis Arm Peg... ENERGIZE!

    by DickBallsworth

    Sorry, that was gay as fuck. Because this poster is gay as fuck. No offense to my gay friends.

  • May 1, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Nice Poster


    Wouldn't mind that on my wall.

  • May 1, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST



    What did Haute Tension plagarise? I'm genuinely interested as I really liked HT and therefore wouldn't mind seeing the movie you're referring to.

  • May 1, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    SUMMER 2013?


    I only just noticed that. They release posters two years ahead of movies, nowadays?

  • May 1, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Cobra got aome exposure in the 90's via music video

    by -Halfscan-

    Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend" video:</p>

  • May 1, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    oops, line broke:

    by -Halfscan-

  • May 1, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    by kiwicanuck

    Our surgeons did what they could, but it took them two hours just to get the smile off his face.

  • May 1, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    This makes me think of Top Secret

    by kiwicanuck

    Is what my last subject line meant to say.

  • May 1, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    is this a comic book?

    by bubcus

    it's a movie? Never heard of this and I get a comic book vibe off the poster.

  • May 1, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST


    by Kammich

    Theres an annoying contingency out there that has always claimed that Aja plagiarised the Dean Koontz novel "Intensity." there are some definite similarities(a girl visiting her friend and her family's rural home witnesses them all being murdered, escapes in the killer's vehicle, attempts an escape at a gas station). but the ending is entirely different, and (in my opinion, at least) some of those beats are vague and common enough in the horror genre to probably just be coincidence. either way, "High Tension" is a fucking fantastic genre film, and he hit a home run in the viciousness of his "Hills" remake. and "Piranha 3D" is the type of mindless fun that the genre has been missing for too long. so, rock on Aja!

  • May 1, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Photoshop: The Movie

    by Mel

  • May 1, 2011, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Haute Tension Ripped Off Koontz?

    by NixEclips

    I bet it was better than his stupid novel. All his books are the same. It's like Mad Libs, except you don't get to enter the words. Koontz does and he does it lamely.

  • May 1, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST



    Thanks, buddy!

  • May 1, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    So who the fuck is that?

    by Toe Jam

    Have they even cast the movie yet?

  • May 1, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Fromage alert

    by Yeti

  • but this looks intriguing as hell. I hope there at Lobo style space choppers guys in helmets can drive.

  • May 1, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    I meant "are" not "at"

    by stu_pickles

    TITS. Who reads my posts anyway?

  • May 1, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    I want a fun-as-fuck BUCK ROGERS flick.

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Not some shitty dark "re-interpretation" which is what we'll get if Frank Miller is still at the helm - a project which I hope has died a deserved death since... well... everyone in their right mind knows Miller is a one-trick hack. No, I want a rip-roaring, swashbuckling, wisecracking Buck Rogers, with cool spaceships, neat laser guns, a foxy Wilma Deering. Fistfights and space battles. Epic, but lightheared and fun. And I want it to be Nathan Fillion. There. I fucking said it. I rarely do. I'm not saying it to poke fun at anyone, or bait anyone. I'm saying it because he was the best space cowboy there ever was next to the venerable Captain Solo. And he deserves another shot.

  • May 1, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Piranha in 3D was a hilarious, gross-out BLAST.

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Hands down probably the most fun I had at the cinema all last year. Ludicrous, gross, funny, icky, nasty, self-aware exploitation with a stroke of wicked genius running all the way through it. And take note, Mr Cameron: it's the kind of flick 3D was made for, and should stay exclusively for. Gimmicky fun.

  • May 1, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    So it takes two years to make a cheesy space pirate movie?

    by gambit7025

    The Amazing Spider Man wrapped in less than a year......

  • May 1, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Genre pictures making a comeback?

    by Movietool

    Let's hope this film is fun as hell. I'm tired of bleak horror flicks. Let's have some fun movies, dammit!

  • May 1, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Could be fun...

    by Charlie_Allnut

    What's the harm? Even if its bad as long as its fun who cares?

  • May 1, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Matthew Sweet: Girlfriend video.

    by mrfantomashawk

    The original anime "Space Adventure Cobra" was used for the early 90's video for Matthew Sweet, Girlfriend, which Is an awesome song and video, go youtube it.

  • May 1, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    I remember this...every other chick was in a g-string

    by Terrence

    Aja keeps that intact, he will get my money.

  • May 1, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Awesome, love Matthew Sweet song Girlfriem

    by Stormwatcher

  • May 1, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    goddam iPad sux for posting

    by Stormwatcher

    Love girlfriend. I remember this show from my youth too. Hmmmmm. Aja. I have a feeling this could bea good stoner video.

  • May 1, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Beware the Giant Red X

    by saintsaucey

  • May 1, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Intensity (Koontz) > Haute Tension

    by The_Floating_Skull_of_Robert_Loggia

    Haute Tension's entire first two acts were directly lifted from Koontz' Intensity. The only "original" bit added was the terrible ending. I agree that Koontz's books have been terrible for the past decade or so, but Intensity was a fantastic read. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting as it was the one true example of the overused "you can't put it down" pull quote. When asked if he'd read the book, Aja said he "may have". Koontz was well aware of the plagiarism, but didn't want his name associated with the film. It seems, however, that they'd reached some sort of deal as the IMDB credits now show the writers of the film as Aja and Grégory Levasseur, with a "based on work by Dean R. Koontz" added. As a fan of Intensity, I was absolutely appalled when I saw Haute Tension for the first time (as Switchblade Romance on a British import DVD). I remember scouring the credits for Koontz's name, looking online, and, ultimately, finding dozens of other people complaining about the same thing on various forums and such. Meanwhile, Aja and Levasseur were being touted as geniuses and "the future of horror" despite their much-ballyhooed work being brazenly stolen from one of the best-selling authors on the planet.

  • May 1, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by GaryBuseyTeeth

    this poster is clearly a subliminal message of some kind. the government wants us all to become space pirates with laser cannon arms and dashing beautiful hairstyles FREEDOM!!!

  • May 1, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Aja FTW

    by blunted666

    I can't wait until an affordable BD of Hills Have Eyes remake is available in region 1. Willl be happy to slide a copy of both that and COBRA on the shelf beside High Tension and Pirhanha remake

  • May 1, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    We need modern B-Movie space operas in theaters.

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    Spaceships, starfields, rubber alien masks and weird other planets have to be a thousand times more interesting than the current slew of District 9 knock-offs. (Skyline, Battle: Los Angeles, etc.)

  • May 1, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Cigars? Cigarettes? Tiparillos?

    by Fred

  • May 1, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    That arm was made for Monica Bellucci to sit on.

    by Stuntcock Mike

    While Vincent Cassell watches. "Now go home and touch yourself"

  • May 1, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Space pirates + cannon arms = Metriod ?

    by drompter

    What? A male version of Samus Aran?

  • May 1, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST


    by blunted666

    Does Inensity have a silent, stump-fucking hillbilly killer? Many of us do not watch horror for the plot twists...

  • May 1, 2011, 7:34 p.m. CST

    This could really work.

    by Chief Joseph

    Absolutely awesome manga and anime and already very Westernzied. Cobra's design was based on actor Jean-Paul Belmondo.

  • May 1, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Is that the

    by REDD

    Anal Intruder 3000 from "Top Secret"?

  • May 1, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Hope that arm comes with a can of lu

    by empty_headed_animal

  • May 1, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Hope that arm comes with a can of lube

    by empty_headed_animal

    or his life partner is gonna be real sore.

  • May 1, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Why is he carrying a side arm?

    by drompter

    It would be hard for him to reload it, wouldn't it?

  • May 1, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    It's Aquaman!

    by ElfOdin

    And he got an arm upgrade!

  • "Piranha 3D" is still my favorite 3D move of all time, potentially tied with "Up!" The fact that James Cameron hates it might just give it the edge though.

  • May 1, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    DAMN!!! I did not know anyone was adapting this.

    by elgato73

    Cobra is absolute grail material in the history of manga and anime. He's a Japanese Han Solo out to kill and fuck his way through life. This mother fucker always SHOOTS first!

  • May 1, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Craziest thing about P3D

    by BlaGyver

    Is that, despite being corny, self-aware, not serious at all, etc....I found that I actually liked and kinda cared about some of the characters. The main kid, generic as he was...I liked him. Same with the Adam Scott character (amazed that Adam Scott managed to be a decent good guy). I think that goes to say something about Aja as a filmmaker. Even in something that's intentionally trashy, he can make likeable characters.

  • May 1, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    the title alone has me sold, but...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    this poster looks like any other super hero movie - if i squint it looks like a thor poster - doesnt any studio hire actual painters anymore?

  • Really, blond dude, space pirates cannon arms? Talking about ripp offs.

  • It doesn't appear to be coming FROM the gun arm. Does he have some kind of laser gun ear or something?

  • May 1, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Shape of a Boom Mic!

    by MoffatBabies


  • May 1, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    why is this shit getting pimped?

    by alienindisguise

  • May 1, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Looks pretty good.

    by Daniel Beaubourg

    I youtubed some of this stuff, and It seems like I could just be plain, campy fun, just like the only 70's anime like Gachaman or Yatterman.

  • May 1, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    If you don't know the story...

    by nssdigitalchumps

    ...this is an anime. It's also featured in a Matthew Sweet video from the 90s. I also believe there is a Sega CD game of Cobra.

  • May 1, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    He's carrying a sidearm because...

    by zinc_chameleon

    that arm thing is most likely a Rail Gun if Aja is going pseudo-realistic, rather than an energy weapon. And his six-shooter will have cybernetic sighting and programmable bullets, straight out of William Gibson. A combination grenade launcher/ flechette pistol, modeled after a Colt .45 Peacekeeper. All part of the genre....

  • Bet ya his lame pirate ass doesn't even have a fly swatter attachment...

  • May 1, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST


    by nssdigitalchumps

    Trap-Jaw wasn't invented in 1978 when they developed Cobra.

  • May 2, 2011, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Hope this'll be trashy and epic at the same time....

    by blackflowerX

    Even if he has a bionic vibrator thing for an arm...


  • May 2, 2011, 3:01 a.m. CST

    Cobra is badass

    by Psycho_Kenshin

    He's like a James Bond meets Han Solo kind of guy. Space Pirate Captain Harlock, that'd be the best.

  • Well, I guess that means that the beginning of 'Intensity' was directly lifted from an earlier Richard Laymon novel, so Koontz can't really claim his novel was plagiarised by 'High Tension' unless he wants to open himself up to the same criticism.

  • May 2, 2011, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Owen Wilson?

    by can-D

    I heard Owen Wilson was cast for the role, is that him? Anyway I thought that Thomas Jane was the best casting choice for the role, here is a drawing I made with Jane as model.

  • May 2, 2011, 3:30 a.m. CST


    by Henry Fool

    I have some of the Viz comics translation of Cobra, that I got when I was fourteen. It was childish next to some of the better stuff I was reading at the time, Akira and Appleseed being my favorites. This makes me want to pull out my comic book collection. I don't remember anything about the story, just a guy with a gun-arm and some leather chick in a thong.

  • May 2, 2011, 5:20 a.m. CST

    The manga started in 1978...

    by AndoSoundsLikeAMong

    So it predates most of what people are saying it looks like / ripped off. It's a space opera with a super-hard to kill, cigar chewing, womanizing main character. It certainly doesn't take itself too seriously, and that poster is based exactly in the source material - for example, the blu-ray box cover you can see here- There was a new TV series (animated) here in Japan not so long ago and as always with these things, the material and fanbase just rolls along overhere regardless of the live action shit thrown at it. The poster (especially the cigar, actually) give me hope that they are at least trying to be faithful, but I stopped giving a shit about live action anime stuff years and years and *years* ago.

  • May 2, 2011, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Is it a sequel to the Stallone film?

    by Spandau Belly

    That one was pretty good, I could see the character going into space after that.

  • May 2, 2011, 6:30 a.m. CST

    WHAAAAAT? they made a movie of this?

    by The_Crimson_King

    wow, this is almost as surprising as Bin Laden getting killed, I'm aware of the manga but had zero idea that they were making a movie based on it, this is like learning all of a sudden they're making a Maria Holic movie or something for those of you who want a crash course on what Cobra is all about, read this

  • May 2, 2011, 6:32 a.m. CST

    oh yeah...

    by The_Crimson_King

    and here's hoping he remains faithful to the manga and all the women are in thongs the whole time, which considering Piranha 3D, is probably likely

  • May 2, 2011, 6:39 a.m. CST

    christian_bale_trashed_my_lights - Lead time

    by The StarWolf

    Two years is sadly not unusual. The teasers started coming out on the HULK movie more than two years ahead. Hollywood doesn't seem to get it. You start promoting a film too early and by the time it gets to the cinema people are thinking "What? Hasn't this already come and gone months ago?" Peaking early = not good.

  • May 2, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    The poster doesn't quite get it

    by The StarWolf

    Cobra's usual expressions were either one of abject terror as half the galaxy's after him, or one of unbridled glee as half the galaxy's after him. He didn't tend to do grim a whole lot.

  • May 2, 2011, 7:32 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

  • May 2, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Space Pirate... Anime... but not Captain Harlock!?

    by impossibledreamers

    Or did I totally miss this?

  • May 2, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Face it kiddies, smoking is cool.

    by 2for2true

    This poster should re-ignite cigar bars, yar.

  • May 2, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    oh please don't let this suck

    by Amon

    I'll not need to repeat myself, but you know you've got a cool character that has replaced his left arm with a weapon called the Psychogun.

  • May 2, 2011, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Impossibledreamers - Harlock

    by nssdigitalchumps

    I would give my left nut to see Captain Harlock made. Something based on Arcadia would be great.

  • May 2, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    obvious what the artist for this poster had on his mind:

    by vulturess

    a nice big imported cigar in his mouth.

  • May 2, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    obvious what the artist for this poster had on his mind:

    by vulturess

    a nice big imported cigar in his mouth.

  • May 2, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Looks just dumb enough to be epic.

    by Jeffrey

  • May 2, 2011, noon CST

    Stallone = Cobra

    by Cletus Van Damme

    or GTFO

  • May 2, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Well, at the very least this will be better than SGU


    Surprised it took this long to put a space pirate on the big screen. If this is good it will be remade in the US for stupid illiterate Americans.

  • May 2, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST


    by Stalkeye

    The recent anime series must have inspired the producers to possibly greenlight this project. Cobra is more Bond than say, another Harlock. Cobra was also the inspiration for Capcom's Dante of Devil may cry. So yeah, he's still relevant.

  • May 2, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by nathan port

    it was a japanese anime. very over the top but very good

  • May 2, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    by Zangrelock

    Excellent news!! The anime was pretty fun. Imo Thomas Jane (maybe too old) or Jay Courtney for the title role

  • May 2, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Best space-opera manga series ever!!

    by Zangrelock

    Excellent news!! The anime was pretty fun. Imo Thomas Jane (maybe too old) or Jay Courtney for the title role

  • May 2, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Christian Bale

    by BuffDaddy

    Raped my azz because I was taking pictures of the Dark Knight

  • May 2, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Uh...this is a resounding "no"

    by ninpobugei

  • May 3, 2011, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Why hasn't Dean Koontz sued that piece of shit into bankruptcy yet?

    by JackPumpkinhead

    It's unbelievable that the scumbag can steal his bestselling book, change its ending, rename it to "Haute Tension", and not sit in a cell today.

  • May 3, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Should end on some DTV near you

    by Sprinky

  • May 3, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    "Cobra: The Fisting"

    by v3d

  • May 3, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    If you want space pirates, check out MURKMYRE and NOCTURNIA

    by unclemonty666

  • May 3, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Looks like Samus Aran from Metroid to me

    by bodyslam911

    Except Samus is a woman