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Netflix suits up for Ultraman movie

14 May, 2021

Netflix is doubling down on popular Japanese superhero IP Ultraman with a new CG-animated feature film from the brand’s owner, Tsuburaya Productions.

Ultraman is about a group of superheroes who defend the earth from giant monsters. The new feature, which will be produced by Tsuburaya and Industrial Light Magic, centers around a baseball star who returns to Japan to take up the Ultraman mantle, but quickly learns that being a superhero is harder than he thought. A release date has not been announced yet.

Shannon Tindle (Kubo and the Two Strings) and John Aoshima will co-direct the film, with Tindle and Marc Haimes writing the script. Tom Knott is attached as producer, along with Lisa Poole. Overseeing the project for Netflix is Aram Yacoubian, director of original animated film. He took on this new role in September 2020, having previously served as director of original content.

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