Dragonball Evolution Official Apology
The day has finally come!
Since 2009 fans of Dragon Ball have been upset and let down by Hollywood’s live action attempt at the franchise – movie so poor it scored just 14% on rotten tomatoes. Even Akira Toriyama – the creator of the franchise – is said to treat it as something like a side universe, and he can’t even bring himself to call it Dragon Ball. Well, we can now have a moment of closure as Evolution’s writer Ben Ramsey has written an heartfelt and honest apology to the fans. Dragon Ball fan blog Dao of Dragon Ball had recently approached Ben for quotes to put in a book about DBZ and he gave them his official statement;
I knew that it would eventually come down to this one day. Dragonball Evolution marked a very painful creative point in my life. To have something with my name on it as the writer be so globally reviled is gut wrenching. To receive hate mail from all over the world is heartbreaking. I spent so many years trying to deflect the blame, but at the end of the day it all comes down to the written word on page and I take full responsibility for what was such a disappointment to so many fans. I did the best I could, but at the end of the day, I ‘dropped the dragon ball.’
I went into the project chasing after a big payday, not as a fan of the franchise but as a businessman taking on an assignment. I have learned that when you go into a creative endeavor without passion you come out with sub-optimal results, and sometimes flat out garbage. So I’m not blaming anyone for Dragonball but myself. As a fanboy of other series, I know what it’s like to have something you love and anticipate be so disappointed.
I hope I can make it up to you by creating something really cool and entertaining that you will like and that is also something I am passionate about. That’s the only work I do now.
It would seem that even though it’s taken so long, fans now have a solid reason for the creative process and it has once again confirmed that Hollywood money was prioritized over creative integrity, and that they tried to “fix” something that wasn’t broken. At $30 million many feel short-changed, especially when you look at fan-made attempts like K&K Productions’ Saiyan Saga teaser or Light of Hope – both of which were created on less than 1% of that budget. These shorts made us think of what might of been had these people been given Evolution’s budget instead.
However the past is gone, and high school Goku will fade away back into obscurity alongside his still living granddad allowing fans to move forward. It’s rare for Hollywood to apologise about anything so Ramsey’s honesty and willingness to accept blame is a fresh approach, and we can’t fault him for his mistakes any more.
We forgive you Ben.