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Yatterman, Gatchaman Live-Action Movies Green-Lit

posted on by Egan Loo
Takashi Miike, Katsuya Terada aiming for Spring 2009 on Yatterman

Nikkatsu Corporation, a subsidiary of Index Holdings, has announced that it has green-lit live-action adaptations of two 1970s anime series, Yatterman and Ninja Science Team Gatchaman. The company said that "production is definitely moving forward on Yatterman with a Spring 2009 target release." Internationally renowned director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, MPD Psycho) will lead the production with character and mechanical designs by Katsuya Terada (Blood: The Last Vampire, Cutie Honey live action).

Both science-fiction hero series were the creations of Tatsunoko Production, the famed animation studio that is now part of Tomy after the Takara Tomy merger. Each series aired for over two years in Japan, and enjoyed success abroad as well. The original Yatterman series featured character designs by Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy games, The Sword of the Emperor) and mechanical designs by Kunio Okawara (Gundam, VOTOMS).

Imagi, the Hong Kong company behind this year's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CG sequel, has openly discussed the pre-production of a Gatchaman CG feature. However, today's announcement is the first indication of a Gatchaman live-action adaptation, and the first public indication that a Yatterman movie is also in the works. Tatsunoko, Index Holdings, and Tomy established the TCC Limited Liability Partnership to develop Tatsunoko's properties.

Source: Index Holdings

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