Evangelion creator’s next project is a new take on Ultraman

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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)

Video player from: YouTube (Privacy Policy)Anno is producing and writing the screenplay for Shin Ultraman, and will “fully join the project” after completing work on Evangelion: 3.0+1.0, the next film in the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise. Shinji Higuchi will direct Shin Ultraman.

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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a blurry image of a cat: In 1966, a silver-suited extraterrestrial came to earth from Nebula M-78 of the 40th Galaxy. Though "Ultraman" has long had a devoted following in Japan and across the world, Netflix will introduce the hero from the stars to younger American audiences on April 1 with the new Netflix Original Anime series "Ultraman." Here are some little-known facts about how the classic Japanese superhero came to be. 

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