Dragonball Evolution isn’t exactly known as a masterpiece. It isn’t known as a flawed masterpiece. Since it’s release in 2009, pretty much everyone has agreed that Evolution is such a sack of shit that your childhood bully would have stolen it, looked inside the bag, then return it to you with a shed of a single tear and a somber pat on the the back.
It’s one thing for fans of Dragonball and critics to agree a movie is garbage. It’s another thing entirely when the person who wrote the screenplay agrees with them.
Derek Padula is what you might call a fan of the Dragonball series. He’s written numerous books about the series, such as It’s Over 9000!, and was the co-creator and writer to the live action adaptation Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope. It’s much better, check out the trailer:
Padula is currently in the process of writing a new book that’s currently titled “USA DBZ”. Padula wanted a chance to get readers insight into the production of Dragonball Evolution to find out what went wrong in the production of the film. To this end, Padula sought to interview the screenwriter to the film, Ben Ramsey. In a response, Ramsey delivered an apology to fans of the series, his feelings about the film seven years after release, and an explanation for what happened. Padula’s site The Dao of Dragonball has published the apology, which you can read below:
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.
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.
After reading the apology, I felt like it was time to let go. Everyone makes mistakes. I don’t know if I could bring myself to write a script without doing my homework, but I do understand the desire to make a big payday. I’d like to quit my day job. Though it may be best if we leave writing a new film to Mr. Padula: