New CG Animated Ultraman Feature Film in Development at Netflix
2019's ULTRAMAN Anime which was streamed on Netflix was a big hit. Though the series has been announced for Season 2. Tsuburaya Productions has decided to collaborate with Netflix to produce a new CG Animated Feature Film focusing on Ultraman.
The story of the animation is not related to 2019's ULTRAMAN Anime and it will be completely new one. This will be the second Ultraman work that will be produced for Netflix. Though the details are not yet clear whether the Ultraman who will get featured in the Animation Film will be the Original Ultraman character or will it be the new one. It's also not yet clear whether the original audio of the movie will be in English or in Japanese.
"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."
Looking at the synopsis, this seems to be more like a movie focused on relationship between father & son. It's pretty unique in a way. But Ultraman Geed also had a similar concept but from Son's POV.
Quote from Shannon Tindle
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.
Quote from Takayuki Tsukagoshi, CEO/Chairman Tsuburaya Productions
Ultraman was born in Japan 55 years ago. This partnership with Netflix will be the first full-scale endeavor to reach the global market for Tsuburaya Productions. Ultraman, since it was created, has charmed many people around the world. And Shannon Tindle is one of those people. He was greatly influenced by Ultraman as a child, and he grew up to become a creator himself. I am delighted that families around the world will be able to watch Shannon and his team’s vision for Ultraman on Netflix and foster feelings of courage, hope and kindness.
Quote from Aram Yacoubian, Director of Original Animated Film, Netflix
Having the opportunity to partner with our friends at Tsuburaya Productions to bring this beloved character to our members around the world is an honor. We’re thrilled to be working with Shannon, John and an incredibly talented team of artists and lovers of Ultraman from around the world. We can’t wait to share our film with fans of this iconic Japanese hero and introduce a new generation to what’s sure to become their new favorite superhero.
・Directed by: Shannon Tindle
・Co-Director: John Aoshima
・Written by: Shannon Tindle, Marc Haimes
・Produced by: Tom Knott
・Co-Producer: Lisa Poole
・Production Company: Tsuburaya Productions, Industrial Light and Magic (ILM)