Ben Ramsey, screenwriter of ‘Dragonball: Evolution’ sincerely apologised to fans and took blame for the 2009 film’s poor reputation and overall flop.
Although long overdue, Ramsey confessed a heartfelt apology to Dragonball Z fans in response to a letter from ‘The Dao of Dragon Ball’, Derek Padula, who has been recognized as “the world’s first professional Dragon Ball scholar”.
The letter read as follows:
“I knew that it would eventually come down to this one day,” he wrote. “‘Dragonball: Evolution’ marked a very painful creative point in my life. To have something with my name on it as the writer and 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 endeavour 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.”
‘Dragonball: Evolution’ earned just shy of $10 million, and has received a lousy 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a shocking 2.7/10 rating from its fans on IMDb.
Hopefully his apology has redeemed some of its fan’s criticism of him and that his hate mail resides.