Robert Mark Kamen to Write New “Gatchaman” FilmJun 13th 2007
Los Angeles, June 13, 2007 – Robert Mark Kamen has been signed to write the screenplay for the upcoming CG-animated motion picture Gatchaman, it was jointly announced today by IMAGI Studios Co- CEO & Chief Creative Officer Francis Kao and Co-CEO Douglas E. Glen.
Kamen will work closely on Gatchaman with producer Lynne Southerland and director Kevin Munroe (TMNT). Scheduled for completion in late 2008, Gatchaman will expand the visual boundaries of CG animation through dynamic camera work and action sequences.
“IMAGI is breaking exciting new ground in the animation industry by making big action movies in pure computer graphics. It is a privilege to be working with such an innovative team of artists,” Kamen said.
A veteran writer who has authored 18 produced feature films since 1979, Kamen's credits include Taps, The Karate Kid and its sequels, A Walk in the Clouds, The Power of One, Lethal Weapon 3, The Professional, The Fifth Element, Kiss of the Dragon, Bandidas, the Transporter movies and the upcoming Taken, starring Liam Neeson. Kamen has enjoyed a writing partnership with the prolific French producer and director Luc Besson for 14 years.
“We are thrilled to have Robert on the Gatchaman team. His commitment to creating strong characters, as well as his vast experience in the action genre, make him a perfect fit for this groundbreaking animated movie,” Southerland said.
Based on the successful Japanese anime franchise created by Tatsuo Yoshida (Speed Racer) in 1972, Gatchaman revolves around a team of five young superhero ninjas who must save the world from alien occupation. With over 200 TV episodes, Gatchaman has delighted fans around the world for more than 30 years. The property's popularity in the U.S. stems from domestic versions of the show, including Battle of the Planets and G-Force.
Imagi International Holdings Limited, a listed company (stock code 585) on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, entered the animation business in 2000 when it established IMAGI Studios in Hong Kong, and subsequently in 2004 a creative development and production facility in Los Angeles and a satellite office in Tokyo. Combining Hollywood storytelling with Hong Kong high-tech animation, the company produces major CG-animated theatrical movies for global audiences, including the March 2007 release TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). In keeping with IMAGI's focus on superhero-themed action movies, the studio is presently making Gatchaman, directed by Kevin Munroe, and Astro Boy, directed by Colin Brady.