Dragonball Evolution Writer Apologizes for the Movie

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

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Dragon Ball Evolution

Remember 2009’s Dragonball Evolution?  The western adaptation of the classic Akira Toriyama manga for the big screen? Sure you do, but you probably don’t remember it for being exactly faithful to the source material. Derek Padula is currently writing a book called USA DBZ” and there will be a chapter about the untold stories surrounding this infamous film. Padula reached out to screen writer Ben Ramsey to gain more insight and material for his novel. Ramsey replied to him with a special message for everyone:

“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 disappointing.

To all the Dragon Ball fans out there, I sincerely apologize.
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.



Its always interesting when you see the writer’s point of view on these situations. Did any of you actually see Dragonball Evolution back then, or even better did any of you play the PSP game based on the movie?


About Justin Guillou

Justin joined Operation Rainfall after visiting the site numerous times and reading the articles on Xenoblade Chronicles. He enjoys searching for and collecting some of the more obscure video games out there.

  • Unacceptable! He admitted it himself, he choose money over the fandom, and as a consequence he deserves every bit of criticism for years to come.

    • Hexyz

      Oh yes. Mistakes from your past – particularly those you learn from and apologize for – should hound you until the end of your days.

    • Not until the end of days! But yes criticism is warranted for some time.

  • Mr0303

    I am a huge fan of the Dragonball franchise (or was until Super started airing) and I never saw the movie. From all the info and trailers around it it was quite obvious it was going to be similar to Bayformers so I skipped it.

    Good on him for apologising – it was his job to write a script and he did it despite not being familiar with the franchise. This speaks more to Hollywood’s creative bankruptcy and corporate structure.

    • Dgnfly

      DB super is nothing more then a quick cash-in on a rather dull story with ugly animations in comparison of the old ones.

    • Mr0303

      I think the story is what pisses me off including the horrible retcons – Beerus told Freeza to destroy planet Vegeta? GTFO.

    • Dgnfly

      Wauw that sounds like a lame story, considering the reason freeza did it sounds more believable. i stopped watching after 5 episode’s i doubt i’ll ever continue watching it.

    • Mr0303

      I think I lasted 13 or so episodes including the 2 movies. At this point I wouldn’t mind if GT was canon.

    • Dgnfly

      True it should have ended with GT cause even that looked better regardless of what a horrible story that one was it was still better then Super

    • Mr0303

      GT had many problems and you had to push through 45 horrible episodes trying to emulate the original Dragonball with kid Goku, but the last 15 or so episodes were pretty good, because they returned to the DBZ formula. The last episode was a really great send off to Goku and company.

      At least it fit well in the DB universe, unlike Super that has no tension or sense.

    • Dgnfly

      Super can’t invent anything new cause mostly everything has been done in DB,DBZ,DBGT, and your right GT ended the series in pretty good way i do agree that nearing the ending epsiode of GT it started to drag on a bit with all the Dragonball Dragons but i tohught super 17 was a pretty good concept.

    • Mr0303

      Some of the Shadow Dragons felt a bit filler-y, but I liked the idea behind them – the overuse of the Dragonballs has its consequences. It was the most revolutionary concept from the show.

      Super 17 was pretty cool, I agree.

  • Paychi

    That was a pretty good apology. I don’t think it was that big of an issue. I mean, anyone who was a Dragonball fan could tell not to watch this. I don’t think anyone made money off of this. As long as he is sorry and grows from the experience. You’re an okay dude in my book, Ben.

  • azariosays

    people make fun of me cause I liked this movie lol

  • Keiji Johnson

    I never saw the movie myself outside of CinemaSins, Screen Junkies and especially Chris Stuckmann’s videos of it, but I did play the PSP game. In fact, I still own that copy to this very day. I remember it just sitting at a random shelf in Target with a price tag of close to ten dollars. I even remember actually liking the game and beating the story mode in one sitting. Not sure whether to be ashamed of this or not, though…

    • JGuill

      Funny enough the Psp game is quite similar to Budokai! Even the attack animations are similar.

    • Keiji Johnson

      I noticed that myself. Though it kinda felt dumbed down compared to the Shin Budokai games released before this. Right to the point where it felt somewhat reminiscent to the first Budokai game. It was still fun, nonetheless. At least to me it was.