Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno will re-imagine Ultraman, the iconic, 54-year-old tokusatsu superhero who has appeared in hundreds of Japanese movies, television shows, and video games, in a new movie called Shin Ultraman, which translates to New Ultraman.
Shin Ultraman will hit movie theatres in Japan in 2021, according to an announcement from animation studio Khara, production company Toho, and special effects studio Tsuburaya Productions, longtime producer of the Ultra Series, which includes Ultraman.
Watch: Ultrman trailer for recent Netflix animated spin-off (Gizmodo)
The studios involved in Shin Ultraman offered little detail on the project, including whether it would be animated, live action, or a combination of the two.
But based on the title alone, Shin Ultraman sounds like it will offer fans of tokusatsu superhero action an original take on the character, just as Anno did with 2016’s Shin Godzilla (aka Godzilla Resurgence). That film was written by Anno, and co-directed by him and Higuchi. Shin Godzilla was as much of a biting satire of Japanese politics and bureaucracy as it was an engrossing kaiju movie.
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