Just when the Ultraman craze couldn’t get any more, well, ultra. Netflix animated series and mega Blu-ray collection aside, this may yet be the biggest one of them all: a movie adaptation of the original 1966 Ultraman TV series that rocked the world.
In a new update by longtime Ultraman IP owner Tsuburaya Productions, it seems the new Ultraman movie — dubbed Shin Ultraman — is currently in development, and is set to take the world by storm sometime in 2021.
No story details have yet been released, but we can expect a lot of elements from the original TV series to make a recurrence in the movie. And in typical tokusatsu (live-action sci-fi) fashion, expect to see tons more special effects and some amazing Ultraman versus kaiju action.
Production is reportedly underway, which is co-produced by Toho Pictures (which also did Shin Godzilla in 2016, in homage to — who else — 1954’s Gojira) and Cine Bazar.
The new movie will feature veteran Japanese TV and movie stars such as Takumi Saito (Shin Godzilla), Masami Nagasawa (Godzilla: Final Wars), and Hidetoshi Nishijima (The Wind Rises).
Producing and writing the movie will be Shin Godzilla and Neon Genesis Evangelion alum Hideaki Anno (Shin Godzilla, The Wind Rises), and taking the directorial helm will be Shinji Higuchi (Shin Godzilla).
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