While fans hoping to get some scoop on the new season of Dragon Ball Super anime or the next Dragon Ball anime movie, a source has revealed that a new live-action adaptation of the manga series created by Akira Toriyama is in the early stage of development at Walt Disney Pictures.
A source allegedly told WGTC that the Disney live-action movie adaptation of manga will “feature a completely Asian cast” and will be based on Dragon Ball manga series sequel, Dragon Ball Z. The sequel follows Goku’s adult life as he defends the Earth against villains such as Frieza, Cell, his brother Raditz, and Majin Buu, as well as the development of his rivalry with Vegeta. Walt Disney Pictures acquired the film rights for the Dragon Ball franchise following its acquisition of Fox on August 12, 2018.
The first live-action film adaptation of the manga was Dragon Ball: Evolution. The film was meant to be the first of a series, but all subsequent films were canceled after a box office disappointment, grossing $58.2 million with a production budget of $30 million. The film was criticized by fans for its script, cast, and unfaithfulness to the source material.