Animation studio Khara has announced the forthcoming release of Shin Ultraman, from Hideaki Anno, the man behind Shin Godzilla. Not much has been announced of the projects details other than it seem like it will begin production after Anno completes work on Evangelion: 3.0+1.0. It seems the project was being worked on in February, and will also be a collaboration between Toho and Tsuburaya. Press release below.
RELEASE NEWS - A NEW FILM "SHIN ULTRAMAN"
Tokyo, August 1St 2019 -. A New Film Production Of "SHIN ULTRAMAN" Was Publicly Announced Today The New Movie Will Come To Theaters In 2021.
Hideaki Anno Will Join A Film Team, Higuchi- First draft script has been completed in February 5th, 2019. Anno will fully join the project after finishing his “EVANGELION: 3.0 + 1.0” film.
Presented by: Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd.
Toho Co., Ltd.
Distributed by: Toho Co., Ltd.
Toho Co., Ltd. Will take care of public communications.
For over half a century, Ultraman has been loved by fans all around the world.
We are proud to announce the production of SHIN ULTRAMAN, which will be a movie adaption of the original ULTRAMAN (1966) – the legendary series that started it all!
Details of “SHIN ULTRAMAN”
Produced & Screenplay by: Hideaki Anno
Directed by: Shinji Higuchi
Starring: Takumi Saito, Masami Nagasawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima
Presented by: Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd.
Toho Co., Ltd.
Distributed by: Toho Co., Ltd
Produced Companies: Toho Pictures
Release Information: To be released in 2021, by Toho Co., Ltd.
MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES THE ULTRAMAN LIBRARY FOR PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL HOME ENTERTAINMENT DISTRIBUTION ACROSS NORTH AMERICA
Over 1100 episodes and 20 films spanning 50 years of Tsuburaya Productions’ global franchise are included in this landmark licensing deal!
Minneapolis, MN (July 10, 2019) Mill Creek Entertainment and Indigo Entertainment (United Kingdom) are pleased to announce the license of the Ultraman superhero library from Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd for North American home entertainment distribution. Indigo, on behalf of Tsuburaya, has developed a unique licensing deal with Mill Creek to bring this iconic property back to North America that includes both physical and digital distribution rights for the Ultraman catalog which includes classic TV series which have been newly remastered in high definition, recent theatrical feature films and almost everything produced throughout the last 50 years.
Mill Creek Entertainment’s debut releases from this deal will be limited edition SteelBook® complete series releases of ULTRA Q and ULTRAMAN on Blu-ray on October 15, 2019 for $49.98 each. Complete series Blu-ray releases in standard packaging will also be made available at the same time for $39.98 each.
Each release will contain stunning high definition video with DTS-HD Master Audio of the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles. Digital redemption will also be available via Mill Creek Entertainment’s streaming service, movieSPREE. You can now watch a free 10-minute SPREEview of the first episodes of Ultra Q and Ultraman here: https://www.moviespree.com/ultraman
“These first two series are what kicked off the worldwide phenomenon of Ultraman,” says Jeff Hayne, VP of Content Acquisitions for Mill Creek. “Ultraman’s success paved the way for other popular tokusatsu franchises including Kamen Rider and Super Sentai which influenced the spawning of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.”
“We are excited to bring the Ultraman catalog to North American audiences through a multi-faceted release model spanning Blu-ray and DVD plus various TVOD, SVOD and AVOD digital outlets,” states Barrett Evans, VP of Marketing for Mill Creek. “In tandem with the classic series, we will also be releasing the more recent series and films to appease fans of both classic and modern Ultraman.”
“Ultraman is a revolution in television history - a landmark property and record-breaking global phenomenon. The original series heralded a new age of quality adventure and special effects for children’s entertainment. Now, through Indigo’s unique relationship with Tsuburaya, we are delighted to be partnering with Mill Creek Entertainment in repositioning the legendary Ultraman for both new and old audiences alike,” says David Lawley, MD of Indigo Entertainment.
“We are very excited about this partnership and the opportunity to reintroduce the Ultraman series, with over 50 years of history, to the people of North America. We hope that we shall rekindle memories of the fans that enjoyed the series in the 70s and 80s and at the same time nurture a new fan base for the younger generation,” says Kei Minamitani, General Manager International Business of Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd.
The original series ULTRA Q was one of the most expensive television series ever produced in Japan and a raging success. Originally airing in 1966, it spawned a revolution in “Ultra” content that has seen series after series, movies and merchandising created; and originated a landmark global phenomenon.
The classic ULTRAMAN live television series of the 1960s and 70s, produced by Tsuburaya Productions, established new heights of quality adventure and special effects-driven entertainment and built a worldwide audience for the property. Hailing from the distant Nebula M78, Ultraman is a sleek silvery being who protects Earth and the human race from an endless array of invading aliens and terrifying monsters together with the crew of the Earth-based defense force using advanced high-tech weapons and vehicles. Ultraman battles monsters that cause endless mayhem and destruction on Earth. With the ability to extend his height to over 150 feet, Ultraman melds with a human and only emerges in times of extreme danger to save people and the Earth. The popularity of Ultraman—and the aliens and monsters-- has enabled the series to persist to this day, generating over $50 million per year in toys and merchandise in Japan.
Mill Creek Entertainment has established itself as the leading independent home entertainment studio in North America. From special edition Complete TV Series releases including The Shield, Married…With Children, and Roseanne, to special edition SteelBook® release of Mothra and an entire lineup of Retro VHS-style movies on Blu-ray, Mill Creek’s extensive catalog contains both mainstream and cult entertainment offerings that have exceeded performance expectations at retail despite the declining packaged media industry reports.
About Mill Creek Entertainment
Mill Creek Entertainment is the home entertainment industry’s leading independent studio for Blu-ray, DVD, and digital distribution. With direct sales pipelines to all primary retail and online partners, Mill Creek Entertainment licenses, produces, markets and distributes a dynamic array of film and television content to over 30,000 retail stores and thousands of websites reaching millions of customers across North America. Mill Creek Entertainment’s expansive library includes Oscar®-winning theatrical feature films, Emmy®-winning classic and current TV series, original documentary productions and pop-culture favorites that enlighten, educate and entertain. Mill Creek Entertainment also owns and operates movieSPREE, an on-demand transactional streaming service offering movie bundles, complete TV series and premium entertainment options with apps available on Roku, AppleTV, iOS, Amazon Fire TV, Android and iOS. Mill Creek Entertainment is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information, please visit www.millcreekent.com or www.movieSPREE.com, (order links at bottom).
Ultra Q - The Complete Series - SteelBook Edition Blu-ray
The classic series that launched the Ultraman franchise!
After co-creating the iconic movie monsters Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra for Toho Studios, special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya launched his own company, Tsuburaya Productions. The first production under his new label was ULTRA Q, a 28-episode series that brought the theatrical spectacle Tsuburaya had become known for to television. The black & white sci-fi drama focused on Mainichi Shimpo photojournalist Yuriko Edogawa (Hiroko Sakurai, Ultraman), Hoshikawa Airlines pilot/SF writer Jun Manjome (Kenji Sahara) and his co-pilot Ippei Togawa (Yasuhiko Saijo), who partnered to investigate mysterious events occurring in and around Japan. These phenomena often involved aliens and giant monsters, many of whom would return in future Ultraman shows and movies.
One of the most expensive TV programs produced in Japan up to that time, ULTRA Q was a ratings smash that paved the way for Tsuburaya Productions' first color series... ULTRAMAN!
Ultraman - The Complete Series - SteelBook Edition
ULTRAMAN, a giant alien from the Land of Light in Nebula M78, enters Earth's atmosphere in pursuit of an escaped space monster. In the skies above Japan he accidentally crashes into a Jet VTOL piloted by Hayata, a member of the Science Special Search Party (SSSP), an international research and defense agency that protects the world from monsters and aliens of all shapes and sizes. To save Hayata, Ultraman merges his life force with the dying human and vows to stay and fight for peace on Earth. Now, whenever the Patrol faces a threat too great for them to handle, Hayata transforms into Ultraman to save the day!
ULTRAMAN was Tsuburaya Productions' first color series, a sci-fi action adventure drama that dominated the ratings during its initial 1966-67 broadcast run in Japan. The show was quickly licensed for release in America, airing in syndication for nearly two decades. Colorful, fast-paced, and packed with memorable heroes, creatures and incredible special effects, ULTRAMAN was the foundation for a phenomena that continues to this day.
Tsuburaya has announced the TSUBURAYA・GALAXY digital subscription service, a service that will include numerous items including "Special Feature", "Series Works", "Tsuburaya TV", "Tsuburaya Radio", as well as pre-sales on tickets for events and merchandise. The service starts April 12 and will be updated on the 15th of each month, it will cost 980 yen per month and can be accessed on multiple devices (sample pages below). Check out some of the info below, click here to register. (Note, we on not sure if those outside Japan can use the service.)
First issue of "TSUBURAYA · GALAXY"
Details about the different content.
Monthly feature is distributed about what Tsuburaya Pro wants to convey now and content.
introduction of episodes and successive books of Tsuburaya pro works, detailed analysis about mechanics and monsters, back side information about works and projects, etc. Series plan to deliver highly satisfying information from the light layer to core fans also. (this includes Ultraman Archives, Kaiju Profiles, and more.
Video content "Tsuburaya TV" includes "Ultra Q" and traditional masterpieces, commentaries on works from experts and interviews with stakeholders.
Illusion radio drama "Ultra Q Club" broadcasted on Tsuburaya Radio TBS Radio is revived as "Tsuburaya Radio"! In addition to the program, we will introduce several recommended ultra-songs every month.
In addition, "TSUBURAYA・GALAXY" will also launch special services for members only, such as pre-sale tickets for various events held by Tsuburaya Productions, and prior purchase and pre-ordering of limited goods. The details will be announced on the official site at any time. The service is a subscription type, but the back issues are expected to be back six months from the latest issue.
If you pre-register "TSUBURAYA・GALAXY" from March 28 (Thu) to April 11 (Thu), the campaign for free subscription to the first issue will be held until April 30 (Tues & Holidays) Please check it out!
New Ultraman Movie Double Feature to have theatrical screenings at select theaters across the U.S. .
HOLLYWOOD, CA – December 5, 2016 – Japanese studio Tsuburaya Productions Company Ltd., and their U.S. distributor William Winckler Productions, Inc., have secured select U.S. theatrical play dates for their new, English dubbed , 50th Anniversary feature film of Ultraman, titled ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE, along with their new English dubbed film ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE, as a special “Double Feature” presentation starting January 8th, 2017.
The Chicago Music Box Theatre, Cleveland Cinemas, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, Northwest Diversified Entertainment Theaters, Keystone Cinemas, and other U.S. theaters have signed on for the special limited theatrical screenings of the new Ultraman Movie Double Feature.
The world famous Ultraman character was created by Mr. Eiji Tsuburaya in 1966. Mr. Tsuburaya was the special effects creator of Godzilla and many other classic Japanese movie monsters, such as Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and the Gargantuas from the Russ Tamblyn cult film War of the Gargantuas. Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd. has produced numerous feature films and TV series over the past fifty years, with Ultraman being the company’s most famous character/brand/franchise. The double billed movies feature all new Ultraman superhero characters.
Over the past thirty-two years, William Winckler Productions has written, produced and directed the American English language versions of Japanese anime and live-action films and TV series. The Los -Angeles based company is run by producer William Winckler, whose past select credits include Tekkaman the Space Knight, Gaiking, Danguard Ace, Starzinger, Dead Rising, Fist of the North Star, and Space Pirate Captain Harlock.
ABOUT THE FILMS –
ULTRAMAN X: THE MOVIE (2016 / 70-minute Theatrical Film)
When realty TV host Carlos Kurozaki breaks into a mysterious underground pyramid for a television event, he removes a special gem. . . and unwittingly releases a diabolical monster called Zaigorg! The evil creature wants Kurozaki’s gem, so it spawns an army of giant kaijus to get it! It’s up to the famous superheroes Ultraman X, Ultraman Tiga, and the one and only original Ultraman to stop the worldwide monster war!
ULTRAMAN X THE MOVIE is the special 50th Year Anniversary film of Tsuburaya Productions iconic superhero character ULTRAMAN. Running time 70 minutes. 2016. Starring Kensuke Takahashi, Akane Sakanoue, Takami Yoshimoto, Michael Tomioka. Directed by Kiyotaka Taguchi. English dubbed version by writer/producer/director William Winckler.
ULTRAMAN GINGA S: THE MOVIE (2014 / 63-Minute Theatrical Film)
A sinister space warrior, Etelgar, forces a beautiful young alien princess, Alena, to use her magical mirror to trap every Ultraman hero in the Galaxy! In order to stop Etelgar and save the princess and their fellow Ultramen, two brave young men, Hikaru and Shou, must each transform into new Ultra-heroes, Ultraman Ginga and Ultraman Victory, and combine their super-powers! Thus begins an epic battle of the greatest Ultraman heroes teaming up to defeat Etelgar and his army of villainous space warriors!
Starring Takuya Negishi, Kiyotaka Uji, and Arisa Komiya. Directed by Koichi Sakamoto (POWER -RANGERS). English dubbed version by writer/producer/director William Winckler.
Trailers from Bradford Hill on Vimeo. Press release via The Tokusatsu Network.
Tsuburaya Productions announced the next Ultraman film, ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE, will be released on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Based on the current ULTRAMAN GINGA S television series. The movie features the show’s heroes Ultraman Ginga and Ultraman Victory as well as a “New Generation” of Ultra Warriors — Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, Ultraman Gaia, Ultraman Cosmos, Ultraman Nexus, Ultraman Max, Ultraman Mebius and Ultraman Zero (in his first appearance in the UKTRAMAN GINGA franchise). No word on what Ultra Kaiju may appear.