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Pitch: How to Ruin a Sailor Moon Live Action Movie

Ruining your childhood before Hollywood does it is the name of the game and this week, we’ve got someone having a go at ruining Sailor Moon.

For those of you who aren’t hugely familiar with what Sailor Moon is, it’s basically an all-girl Power Rangers with no giant mecha. Essentially it’s about a bunch of school girls who have magic powers based on the planets in the solar system.

Like the Power Rangers, Transformers, and Jem and the Holograms, it has a dedicated following which was born from Saturday morning cartoon viewing and like anything from your childhood that your parents have sold or have quietly chucked away, Sailor Moon could be in a for a rough time in this culture of movie adaptation.

There are two parts to this equation that I have going.

First, look at Robocop, The Amazing Spider-man, films and the daddy of them all: Transformers. Second, in the West, we’ve had no luck with anime and manga adaptations, see the usual suspects like Dragonball Evolution and Kite.

So, to soften the blow of the inevitable for this beloved franchise or for anyone who is going to find their beloved TV pastimes savaged, I’m going to pitch you the worst live Sailor Moon ever.

First off, let’s start with casting. The best way to ruin an adaptation, for example, look at the casting for the Last Airbender. Yes the characters we’re cosplayer dead ringers for their respective characters, but their performances were shaky at best.

For example, look at the casting for the Last Airbender, yes the characters we’re cosplayer dead ringers for their respective characters, but their performances were shaky at best.

Pitch: How to Ruin a Sailor Moon Live Action Movie

So for the lead Sailor Scouts (the main heroes, like Green Lanterns) characters, cast popular girl band, Little Mix. Boom that we’ve crashed the dynamite cart into something hard. Can they act? Who cares, they’re making money hand over fist and they’re mega popular.

They could do a couple of tracks on the awful soundtrack, too.

What about the loveable cat Luna? The mentor to the lead protagonist? How about someone obnoxious and wide appeal or a flavour of the month? Let’s have Kevin Hart, Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky, or Lena Dunham fight it out.

What about Tuxedo mask? Well we need a pretty boy who won’t be able to demand a big fee and can be signed onto more characters. Maybe a Disney Star? Sorry, I’m too old to know any names, and to bother researching it. I guess a modern day Drake from Drake and Josh?

Okay so the casting sucks, now onto the plot. Now we’re going to some borrow cues from the Amazing Spider-man and the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies: Let’s screw with the origin story so badly that it’ll annoy hardcore fans and anyone with any knowledge of the franchise.

Pitch: How to Ruin a Sailor Moon Live Action Movie

So let’s change the source of the Sailor Scouts and says it’s some complicated claptrap about blood. Let’s get grim and gritty like a discount copy cat of Batman Begins (like the first Amazing Spider-man movie). Also, lets make it a tale of destiny, like how Peter Parker’s parents created the spider that gave him his powers. So, some complicated side story with one of Sailor Scouts parents are involved and play out across all the sequels they’ll have planned.

The mother could be an established actor looking for a quick paycheck, like the adults in The Hunger Games. Julia Roberts? Sandra Bullock? Jennifer Garner? Jennifer Love Hewitt? Bad guy you say? How about Amy Schumer? That’ll be some stunt casting the Internet will broadcast around and build up hype around the project.

Now for the visuals. Let’s take the loved and cherished character designs and let a talented team take over and half-ass it (see the Transformers designs). Let’s make the Sailor Scout uniforms, ugly because of way to much detail, CGI and tone down the colours as much as possible and looking so different, you can justify a whole line of action figures, cosplay and other tie-in merchandise.

Take way the idea of the costumes being school uniforms and bing-bango. Add in some poorly shot action scenes some leaks which get people on the Internet and boom, a terrible Sailor Moon movie.

You’re welcome.

  • Jules

    It could work if directed by a woman, you're a guy, of course you can't see Sailor Moon working as a movie because you think she's too feminine. Spiderman and X-men were just as riduculous as Sailor Moon, even Batman started out cheesy, but they got great adaptations despite that and Sailor Moon can too. There are tons of talented Japanese American actresses who are half white and can pull off looking like the characters, and the Sailor Moon fandom is HUGE, as big as Spiderman and X-men, there is an audience just as big if not bigger. It can be done and done right, the real problem is the film industry is 80% white male who like you are incapable of imagining a feminine superhero movie kicking ass.

    • Do you realise this piece was a bit of a joke right, I'm saying this is not the way to do it? I'm making fun of how sometimes these adaptations don't work as studios can get it wrong in terms of casting and changing the source material too much and how movie execs are a little out of touch. I would like to see a Sailor Moon adaptation like a lot of Western comics get, I may not be a huge fan of the source material because of the main character being a bit inept for my liking, not because she was feminine since I like Sakura out of Cardcaptors, another feminine character, sometimes it can be a little girly aesthetically but it's not a dealbreaker, Tokusatsu-style heroes are my favourite kind of Japanese heroes, like Kamen Rider or Super Sentai . I also think a lot of female superheroes kick ass. I write a lot about how I like Captain Marvel because she reminds of a Super Saiyan. Also, Cassandra Cain (Batgirl) and Hitgirl are two of my favorite superheroes and they are very capable of kicking ass.

      Would like to point out I would've thought the fandom for Batman and Spider-man are bigger than Sailor Moon because they spend so many generations, but I'm sure the fans are just as passionate and fond of the franchise.

    • Josh Francis

      You do realise this piece was a bit of a joke right? I'm saying this is not the way to do it? I'm making fun of how sometimes these adaptations don't work as studios can get it wrong in terms of casting and changing the source material too much and how movie execs are a little out of touch. I would like to see a Sailor Moon adaptation like a lot of Western comics get, I may not be a huge fan of the source material because of the main character being a bit inept for my liking, not because she was feminine since I like Sakura out of Cardcaptors, another feminine character, sometimes it can be a little girly aesthetically but it's not a dealbreaker, Tokusatsu-style heroes are my favourite kind of Japanese heroes, like Kamen Rider or Super Sentai . I also think a lot of female superheroes kick ass. I write a lot about how I like Captain Marvel because she reminds of a Super Saiyan. Also, Cassandra Cain (Batgirl) and Hitgirl are two of my favorite superheroes and they are very capable of kicking ass.

      I would like to point out I would've thought the fandom for Batman and Spider-man are bigger than Sailor Moon because they spend so many generations, but I'm sure the fans are just as passionate and fond of the franchise.