I will admit that I don't know much about Dragonball Z except that you are under no circumstances supposed to call it "Dragonballs." (Which is almost entirely why I put that term in the heading of this news piece.)
In strange and possibly unfortunate casting news:Buffy ex-pat James Marsters has been cast as the villain "Piccolo" (pictured above -- the green, cartoon-like one. On the left.) in the live-action version of the popular manga cartoon. He stars alongside Justin Chatwin (War of the Worlds; the pilot episode of Weeds, oh, where have you gone?) in a project to be helmed by Stephen Chow (of Kung Fu Hustle fame) and director James Wong (Final Destination).
Now, this could go one of two ways -- The funny, campy (but surprisingly poignant), hilarious fucked-up way of a movie like Kung Fu Hustle, or it could turn out like the Super Mario Brothers movie, and everyone involved would rather pretend like it never happened. I'm leaning towards the latter, mostly because I don't want to be caught at a Dragonball Z movie, and that gives me a solid excuse to avoid that scenario.
What's interesting is how The Hollywood Reporter and various other news outlets have made mention of 87Eleven in all their articles about this subject. Apparently 87Eleven: "executed and designed action pieces in pictures such as The Matrix, The Bourne Supremacy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith and 300." Well, la-di-fucking-da. You can teach people how to punch one another gracefully. A good action movie this does not necessarily make. I'd like to see their whole resume, please. If it includes such other masterpieces as The League of Extraordinary Gentleman and any Brett Ratner film, I'm definitely not going to hold my breath.