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Ultraman — Netflix is working on a new animated feature film for the Japanese superhero

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CG-animated feature film Ultraman is under development by Netflix in partnership with Tsuburaya Productions

This project continues Netflix’s relationship with Tsuburaya Productions following the release of the Ultraman anime series which is currently in its second season. The idea behind the series is:

Baseball superstar Ken Sato returns  to his home country of Japan to pick up the mantle of Earth-defending superhero Ultraman, but quickly finds more than he bargained for when he’s forced to raise the offspring of his greatest foe, a newborn Kaiju. Struggling to balance the roles of teammate and new father, Ken must confront his own ego, his estranged father, and the conniving Kaiju Defense Force to rise up and discover what it truly means to be Ultraman…

The character first appeared in Japan 55 years ago, and is cited as an influence by many of those involved in this new project. It will be directed by Shannon Tindle , co-directed by John Aoshima and the writing credits go to Tindle and Marc Haimes. Producers are Tom Knott and Lisa Poole Speaking of the project, Shannon Tindle said:

“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. 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.”

You can read more in the Netflix announcement.