Not much time remains before the fate of the Earth will be in the hands of a young martial-artist named Goku. IESB reports that Dragon Ball Z, to be directed by James Wong, will begin shooting in Durango, Mexico as of January 7, 2008.

According to their source:

Just wanted to tell your readers that director James Wong's Dragon Ball Z will officially go into production starting January 7th in my town of Durango, Mexico. This is a pretty big production and there are actually four large movie sets that are built throughout the city. We are very excited that 20th Century Fox has chosen our city to shoot this movie. Susana Elosegui Cross the director of tourism and film said the news this week.

Dragon Ball Z centers on an adult humanoid alien named Goku who, after discovering he was sent to Earth to destroy the population, tries to fulfill the wish of his dying grandfather and collect all seven of the world's mystical Dragon Balls to keep them out of the hands of the evil aliens. His chief nemesis for the film will be Piccolo, who is trying to conquer the Earth. Goku is to be played by Justin Chatwin, with James Marsters taking the role of Piccolo.

Dragon Ball Z is one of the most successful Japanese cultural exports of all time. Originally created by Akira Toriyama and published by Tokyo's Jump Comics, the manga was adapted into graphic novels, video games and a successful television series that ran in Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America.

Dragon Ball Z is set for an August 15, 2008 release date.