The Exchange has acquired the sales rights for North America, Europe, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and other remaining territories for the Japanese superhero blockbuster Shin Ultraman.
Shin Ultraman is built on the fanbase of the Ultraman TV series that was first broadcast in 1966. The movie, directed by Shinji Higuchi, made US$31.2 million in Japan. Now that The Exchange has acquired sales rights and is introducing it to buyers at the Toronto Film Festival, Shin Ultraman may just earn more. This is especially since the movie will be brought to global markets outside of Japan.
“We are honored and excited to bring this iconic IP and film to the global fan-base out there, as well as a new generation of fans after coming off its highly successful theatrical release in Japan,” said Nat McCormick, president of worldwide sales and distribution for The Exchange.
In the movie, the appearance of giant unidentified life forms, known as S-Class Species (Kaiju), has become commonplace in Japan. Conventional weapons have no effect on them. Having exhausted all other options, the Japanese government has issued the S-Class Species Suppression Protocol, and formed an enforcement unit, known as the SSSP.
This team of scientists, physicists and special agents copes with the ongoing threat of S-Class Species, until a silver giant appears from beyond Earth’s atmosphere, tentatively named Ultraman.
Shin Ultraman is directed by Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan) and was written by Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion), who also acted as producer alongside Takayuki Tsukagoshi and Minami Ichikawa.
The movie stars Hidetoshi Nishijima (Drive My Car), Takumi Saitoh (Shin Godzilla), Masami Nagasawa (Mother), Daiki Arioka (Innocent Curse), Akari Hayami (Forget Me Not) and Tetsushi Tanaka (Like Father, Like Son).