• [NEWS] Animated "Ultraman" movie in development (Japanese superhero)

    From Your Name@21:1/5 to All on Fri May 14 18:54:24 2021
    From Variety.com ...

    Netflix Developing 'Ultraman' Animated Feature With All-New Story
    For 55 years, "Ultraman" has been one of Japan's A-list superheroes
    - defending the planet from alien kaiju and inspiring all manner of
    global pop culture, from the "Power Rangers" to Paul Rudd's
    "Ant-Man" suit. But while the character has a loyal following
    outside of Japan, Ultraman has never become a massive crossover
    phenomenon at the scale of Godzilla or Pokemon.

    Netflix is hoping to change that.

    The streamer is partnering with Tsuburaya Productions to develop
    "Ultraman" as a CG-animated feature film aimed at bringing a new,
    wider audience to the beloved silver-suited character. Shannon
    Tindle, an animator who's worked on "Coraline" and "Kubo and the
    Two Strings," will make his feature directorial debut with the
    project, from a script he wrote with "Kubo" screenwriter Marc
    Haimes. John Aoshima ("DuckTales," "Gravity Falls") will co-direct.

    Netflix is also home to an ongoing "Ultraman" animated TV series,
    also in partnership with Tsuburaya, that continues the storyline
    from the original live-action Japanese series of the 1960s. But the
    "Ultraman" feature will strike out on its own with an all-new
    storyline designed to honor the past mythology while introducing
    the character to a new potential global fanbase. Similarly, the
    animation - from Industrial Light and Magic - will be stylized but
    not strictly anime, as this exclusive first look at concept art for
    the film demonstrates.

    The film will follow Ken Sato, a superstar baseball player who
    returns to Japan to become the latest hero to carry the mantle of
    Ultraman. His plans go awry, however, when he is compelled to raise
    a newborn kaiju monster -the offspring of his greatest enemy -as
    his own child. Sato will also have to contend with his relationship
    with his estranged father and the schemes of the Kaiju Defense

    "Making this film is a dream come true," Tindle says in a
    statement. "What began as an original story inspired by my love for
    Eiji Tsuburaya's Ultraman somehow became an actual Ultraman film
    thanks to the incredible trust of the team at Tsuburaya Productions,
    and the support of the folks at Netflix Animation. We've assembled
    an all-star team and I can't wait to share our unique take on
    Ultraman with the rest of the world."

    No actors have been cast yet, but the plan is for a mix of Japanese
    and western stars, coupled with a large number of below-the-line
    talent from Japan. Tom Knott will produce and Lisa Poole will

    "This partnership with Netflix will be the first full-scale
    endeavor to reach the global market for Tsuburaya Productions,"
    says Tsuburaya CEO and chairman Takayuki Tsukagoshi. "Ultraman,
    since it was created, has charmed many people around the world. And
    Shannon Tindle is one of those people. He was greatly influenced by
    Ultraman as a child, and he grew up to become a creator himself.
    I am delighted that families around the world will be able to watch
    Shannon and his team's vision for Ultraman on Netflix and foster
    feelings of courage, hope and kindness."

    "Ultraman" is part of Netflix's growing roster of animated features,
    including Oscar-nominated films "Klaus" and "Over the Moon," and a
    vast upcoming slate that includes Richard Linklater's "Apollo 10 :
    A Space Age Adventure" starring Glen Powell and Jack Black; Henry
    Selick's "Wendell & Wild" with Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key;
    Guillermo del Toro's "Pinocchio" toplined by Ewan McGregor, Cate
    Blanchett, Tilda Swinton and Christoph Waltz; Wendy Rogers'
    "The Magician's Elephant" starring Benedict Wong, Noah Jupe, Brian
    Tyree Henry and Mandy Patinkin; Aardman's upcoming sequel to
    "Chicken Run"; and an adaptation of Lupita Nyong'o's children's
    book "Sulwe."

    "Having the opportunity to partner with our friends at Tsuburaya
    Productions to bring this beloved character to our members around
    the world is an honor," says Aram Yacoubian, director of Original
    Content - Animated Features at Netflix. "We're thrilled to be
    working with Shannon, John and an incredibly talented team of
    artists and lovers of Ultraman from around the world. We can't wait
    to share our film with fans of this iconic Japanese hero and
    introduce a new generation to what's sure to become their new
    favorite superhero."

    Tindle is repped by Verve and attorney Alex Andrews; Haimes is
    repped by Verve, Gotham Group and attorney Allen Vainshtein.


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