Monaco's Shibuya Productions Posts Cobra: Return Of Joe Gillian Series Teaser

posted on 2016-02-28 00:00 EST
Buichi Terasawa's A-girl Rights collaborates with Astro Boy reboot's studio

Monaco-based studio Shibuya Productions posted a teaser video on Saturday for the "original animation series" Cobra: Return Of Joe Gillian. "Joe Gillian" is one of the names used for the eponymous character in the Space Adventure Cobra anime franchise.

The video lists Shibuya Productions co-founder Cedric Biscay as a producer with co-producer Rinko Itō of A-girl Rights, the agent company for Cobra creator Buichi Terasawa. The video also lists Rv Trouillet as the director and artistic director with Sahé Cibot, Yasuharu Sadaie, Akiko Hoshino, and Manabu Kose (A-girl Rights) listed as coordinators. The "Infiltrators" trailer music comes from Brightside Studio and is not necessarily indicative of the project's eventual final soundtrack.

Terasawa's original Cobra manga about a space pirate and his female android partner began in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1978. The manga inspired an animated film and television series in 1982. NTT Solmare put the manga on Apple's iTunes App Store in English in 2010, and Discotek released the movie on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America. Right Stuf released the 1982 television anime series on DVD in North America, and Crunchyroll is streaming the series in its catalog.

The manga also inspired the 2008 Cobra The Animation: The Psychogun and 2009 Cobra The Animation: Time Drive video sequel series, as well as the 2010 Cobra The Animation television anime series. Director Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes remake, Piranha 3D) acquired the live-action film adaptation rights to the franchise with Paris-based film production and distribution firms Onyx and Studio 37 in 2011, but Aja reported in 2015 that progress has been difficult.

Among other projects, Shibuya Productions is collaborating with Japan's Tezuka Productions and France's Caribara Animation on a planned 26-episode animated series reboot of Osamu Tezuka's iconic robot boy Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom). The company is also contributing to the Shenmue III video game and produced the "Birth" short with art direction by Yoshitaka Amano and music by Akino Arai. Shibuya Productions also collaborated with Japan's Digital Frontier on a proposed Windwalkers: Chronicles of the 34th Horde animated film adaptation of Alain Damasio's fantasy novel La Horde du Contrevent.

[Via Catsuka]

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