Netflix and Tsuburaya Productions have teamed up to create a new CG-based animated film titled Ultraman. The movie draws admiration from the iconic Japanese superhero. Variety reports that Ultraman will carry a brand new storyline. The goal is to gain a new fanbase for the red-and-silver titular character.
Shannon Tindle is set to make a directorial debut with John Aoshima (DuckTales, Gravity Falls), who will co-direct the project.
The plot will be based on a script penned by Tindle and Marc Haimes (Kubo and the Two Strings). Tom Knott and Lisa Poole are set to produce.
“Making this film is a dream come true. 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,” says Tindle. “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.”
Ultraman will follow a notorious baseball player named Ken Sato, who returns to Japan to hone into his skills as Ultraman.
Instead, he ends up with a newborn kaiju monster that he wants to raise as his own.
He also ends up with other ordeals. Another one of them is to repair his relationship with his estranged father and the Kaiju Defense Force.
There are currently no cast members, but it will be mixed with Japanese, western stars, and emerging actors from Japan.