This news can be described in just one simple word: No!
It looks like a sequel to perhaps the worst adaptation of a Japanese manga and anime, 2009’s Dragonball: Evolution, had been written due to the hopes that it would be a go if the film did well at the box office. Well, everyone knows where that went. Even this reviewer, a longtime Dragonball fan, found it very appalling.
In April 2016, screenwriter Ben Ramsey gave a public apology to the fans for writing the film and James Wong also had publicly apologized, admitting that he didn’t know much about Akira Toriyama‘s manga and anime series before taking the director’s job, which was originally meant for producer Stephen Chow.
The original mess starred Justin Chatwin as Goku, Emmy Rossum as Bulma, James Marsters as Piccolo, and Chow Yun-Fat as Master Roshi.
During an interview with MTV back in 2009, it was Chatwin who stated that there was a script that had been written and according to him, “The second one really goes to some different places that I’ve never seen in any comic book adaptation.” If that’s the case, we would have been in even more trouble.
Here’s my honest opinion. If Hollywood really wants to give Dragonball another shot by adapting it, it’s plain and simple. They need to work with better casting, and have a well-thought out storyline, perhaps adapting one of the major Dragonball Z arcs rather than the “kitchen sink” approach. Or do one better: start out the proper way and begin with the very first Dragonball story that started this iconic saga.
If there is a Dragonball: Evolution 2 script, just get rid of it and start from scratch.