Netflix, in partnership with Tsuburaya Productions, is developing a CG-animated feature film “Ultraman”. While we are still awaiting news of season 2 of the Netflix series, this should at least keep fans happy for now. The current Netflix series follows on from 1960s live action show and focuses on the son of the original Ultraman, but this new movie will have a new, original story. Ultraman has a huge, cult following in Japan but has never really reached a global audience in the same way as “Pokémon” and “Godzilla” and it is hoped that the new Netflix film, along with the current series, will start to bridge that gap.
Animator Shannon Tindle (“Coraline”, “Kubo and the Two Strings”) will make his feature directorial debut with the film, from a script he co-wrote with “Kubo” screenwriter Marc Haimes. John Aoshima (“DuckTales”, “Gravity Falls”) will co-direct.
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.