Netflix Geeked official Twitter announced a new 3DCG Ultraman movie in partnership with Tsuburaya Productions. The key staff and plot synopsis was also revealed. These include as follow:
- Director: Shannon Tindle
- Co-director: John Aoshima
- Script: Shannon Tindle, Marc Haimes
- Animation production: Tsuburaya Productions, Industrial Light and Magic
- Producer: Tom Knott
- Co-producer: Lisa Poole
Ultraman is returning to Earth. Netflix is developing the next entry in a franchise 55 years in the making: a CG-animated film made in partnership with Tsuburaya Productions. pic.twitter.com/u6kas03u37— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) May 13, 2021
The story of the new Ultraman film is described as follows:
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 Force.
Ultraman, also known as Ultra Series, is the collective name for all the media produced by Tsuburaya Productions featuring Ultraman, his many siblings, and the myriad of Ultra Monsters. Debuting with Ultra Q and then Ultraman in 1966, the Ultra Series is one of Japan’s most prominent tokusatsu superhero genre productions, alongside the Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and Metal Heroes series produced by Toei. The Ultra Series is also one of the best-known examples of the daikaiju genre (大 怪 獣, “giant monster”), along with Toho’s Godzilla series and Daiei Film’s Gamera series. However, the Ultra Series also falls into the kyodai hīro (巨大 ヒ ー ロ ー, “giant hero”) subgenre of tokusatsu television shows.
The Ultraman brand generated $ 7.4 billion in marketing revenue from 1966 to 1987, equivalent to more than $ 17 billion adjusted for inflation. Ultraman was the third best-selling licensed character in the world in the 1980s, largely due to his popularity in Asia. References to Ultraman abound in Japanese pop culture, as do references to Superman in American culture.
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