Netflix Developing ‘Ultraman’ Animated Feature With All-New Story (Exclusive)

Netflix Developing ‘Ultraman’ Animated Feature With All-New Story (Exclusive)
For 55 years, “Ultraman” has been one of Japan’s A-list superheroes — defending the planet from alien kaiju and inspiring all manner of global pop culture, from the “Power Rangers” to Paul Rudd’s “Ant-Man” suit. But while the character has a loyal following outside of Japan, Ultraman has never become a massive crossover phenomenon at the scale of Godzilla or Pokémon.

Netflix is hoping to change that.

The streamer is partnering with Tsuburaya Productions to develop “Ultraman” as a CG-animated feature film aimed at bringing a new, wider audience to the beloved silver-suited character. Shannon Tindle, an animator who’s worked on “Coraline” and “Kubo and the Two Strings,” will make his feature directorial debut with the project, from a script he wrote with “Kubo” screenwriter Marc Haimes. John Aoshima will co-direct.

Netflix is also home to an ongoing “Ultraman” animated TV series, also in partnership with Tsuburaya, that continues
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