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Dragon Ball Evolution Writer Apologizes To Fans

Yes, it took a while but it happened. Dragon Ball Evolution writer Ben Ramsey apologizes to all the Dragon Ball fans for his work on the live-action take.

And here is Ben's apology to the fans:

"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 fromall 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."

Fast fact: this movie was one of the main reasons that Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods was funded by Japanese producers.

Source: TheOriginalKakarot 

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16 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    Has he committed seppuku already? :3

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Dude, not cool. You shouldn't make jokes like that.

  3. arale norimaki Says:

    dragonball the magic begins was better than this car crash

  4. Anonymous Says:

    It takes a big man to admit when he's made a mistake, and when he's done it for selfish reasons. It's good to know that sometimes people do come away from these debacles with some added perspective, even if it takes them a while.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Are you guys happy now?!? Please leave the poor guy alone!

  6. Anonymous Says:


    We've been waiting a long time for this moment to happen.

    and...I accept the writers' apology.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    The guy really didnt need to appologize for this film, it was an adaption, sure not all the concepts were correct but if the fans who were complaining about it, shouldnt they really hound Micheal Bay for Transformers, Peter Jackson for King Kong and James Gunn for Guardians of the Galaxy. Lighten up people, if you went in with no knowledge of Dragon Ball before hand, it wasnt that bad. The only sad thing about this movie is that there wasnt a second and yes I believe that the second film would have been far better after the response from the first movie.


  8. WHATEVER, the writer was already doomed! The movie is already a instant recipe for disaster as Avatar the Last Airbender had the same issue with a lame plot and White Washing Asian characters!!!!

    Now comes this travesty, I think Akira Toriyama almost had a stroke watching this mess!

    This is the exact garbage that Uwe Boll would direct!!!!

    Either war the writer's career is damned by this travesty and it's too late for salvation.

    He should just take the money and move on with his mouth shut!!!

  9. Unknown Says:

    Too late. *nuking Earth

  10. Anonymous Says:

    A japanese anime should be played by japanese also. Should not be potrayed by western. It will ruin the movie.

    It also happened for western movies. What will happen if ironman potrayed by japanese? Lol...

    The story also. Better to use the original story (with or without added unoriginal scene).

    For ex : a japanese movie, potrayed by japanese actors, and support from western (CG, effect, sfx, ect)

  11. Anonymous Says:

    *slowly takes deep breath*


    Apology accepted. -.-

  12. Unknown Says:

    Just because certain people doesn't like a certain movie shouldn't result it in being a 'bad' movie. Like all writers I'm know for a fact that he worked really hard on this, and when it came into theaters he felt really proud of himself. Continuity, plot lines and fan service shouldn't make him feel ashamed about what he bought. I watched the movie myself and found nothing wrong in it that he should feel ashamed about...

  13. Anonymous Says:

    Hopefully somebody will make a great live action dragonball soon that will be faithful to the source material

  14. Anonymous Says:

    After all, this time? Always...

  15. Anonymous Says:

    >It takes a big man to admit when he's made a mistake, and when he's done it for selfish reasons. It's good to know that sometimes people do come away from these debacles with some added perspective, even if it takes them a while.

    Absolutely right. It also takes a certain amount of strength to accept an apology, too. Lessons learned. As long as the writer joins Toriyama, the franchise, and us the fans in pretending like it never ever happened and shall never be named again, then he's cool by me.

  16. Unknown Says:

    For what it's worth i enjoyed dragonball evolution - Buy Video Games for Consoles and PC - From Japan, Korea and other Regions
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