Ultraman goes to America!

As revealed by Hollywood Reporter, Tsuburaya Productions — the Tokyo company founded by Eiji Tsuburaya — has partnered with Jeff Gomez’s Starlight Runner Entertainment to give the popular franchise a western reboot and expand Ultraman Universe outside Japan. A whole new Ultraman mythology and possibly a live-action streaming TV series are to be expected on multiple platforms for years to come.

Jeff Gomez of Starlight Runner Entertainment has admitted in a statement to be a huge fan of Ultraman since childhood and to be honored to bring the Ultraman legacy back to the world stage.

Ultraman premiered as a Japanese live action series in 1966, created by special-effects director Eiji Tsuburaya (first Godzilla) also founder of Tsuburaya Productions, and soon became a tokusatsu classic.

It has since been one of the longer-running Japanese productions, including 34 shows, nine original video animation specials, 30 movies and over 50 video game appearances.
Still as popular as ever, it recently appeared in the 2018 live-action film “Ultraman Geed The Movie, released in Japan in March, and will be in the upcoming live-action sequel/adaptation to the anime series “Ultraman R/B”, to premiere in Japan in Spring 2019, and an anime adaptation of the manga for Netflixwhich is set for a release in April 2019.
A superhero that celebrate the power of the individual as opposite to the dark and destructive Godzilla, Ultraman is the “secret weapon” of a high-tech police force, set to save the Earth from threatening aliens and giant monsters.

 

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