Ultraman, that famed red and silver giant from planet M-78 who is practically a symbol of Japanese pop culture, is getting a makeover via a new production just announced by Netflix. According to Variety magazine, a new CGI Ultraman film is now in production with an ultra impressive roster of talent working behind the scenes. According to Variety,
"Shannon Tindle, an animator who’s worked on “Coraline” and “Kubo and the Two Strings,” will make his feature directorial debut with the project, from a script he wrote with “Kubo” screenwriter Marc Haimes. John Aoshima (“DuckTales,” “Gravity Falls”) will co-direct."
Netflix also announced their new Ultraman production with the following tweet…
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 Variety story includes the following surprisingly detailed plot synopsis....
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.
The release date for Netflix's new Ultraman is still an unknown, but with Shinji Higuchi's live-action Shin Ultraman movie already awaiting release in Japan, you can be sure that the future for Japanese superheroes is looking pretty Ultra-tastic!