Saturday, October 13, 2012

Live Action GATCHAMAN (aka BATTLE OF THE PLANETS, G-FORCE) is coming in 2013

A live-action film adaptation from the production company Nikkatsu and the distributor TOHOAnext summer of The classic Tatsunoko Productions science-fiction hero anime Science Ninja Team Gatchaman is coming.

Director Toya Sato (live-action Grave of the Fireflies, Sexy Voice and Robo, Kaiji, Gokusen) will begin shooting the film on October 15. Yūsuke Watanabe (20th Century Boys, Gantz, Bloody Monday, 2013 Dragon Ball Z film) wrote the script, and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed films) is designing the characters. 

Sato Toya - who previously directed the live action version of Grave Of The Fireflies - will direct with Returner and Always director Yamazaki Takashi - also one of Japan's premiere VFX men - handling special effects. Expect the scope to be massive as early reports say this will include more effects work than did Nikkatsu's previous live action version of Yatterman, which included over 1300 digital shots. Matsuzaka Tori (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger) takes the lead as Ken with Gouriki Ayame, Suzuk Ryoheii, Ayano Gou, and Hamada Tatsuomi rounding out the team.

Tori Matsuzaka (.hack//The Movie, live-action Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Kamen Rider Decade) will star as Ken, the head of the eponymous team. Gō Ayano (second-in-command Jō), Ayame Gōriki (explosive yoyo-wielding Jun), Tatsuomi Hamada (youngest member Jinpei), and Ryōhei Suzuki (main pilot Ryū) round out the cast. 

[ via anime news network ]

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