009 Re:Cyborg Film to Open in 5+ Asian Regions at Same Time
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Producer Tomohiko Ishii revealed on Thursday that Kenji Kamiyama's 009 Re:Cyborg 3D film adaptation of Shotaro Ishinomori's classic science fiction manga Cyborg 009 will open in more than five Asian regions simultaneously. Ishii confirmed that the film will screen in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and South Korea.
Production I.G and Sanzigen Animation Studio will co-produce the film. The film is slated to open in Japanese theaters next fall.
In the original manga, the secret Black Ghost organization transforms nine unsuspecting humans into cyborgs. However, the nine cyborgs turn on their masters and protect the rest of humanity from Black Ghost's plans for world war.
There have already been three Cyborg 009 television anime series which premiered in 1968, 1979, and 2001. There have also been three theatrical anime films in 1966, 1967, and 1980. Another director with Ghost in the Shell and Production I.G ties, Mamoru Oshii, directed his own 3D short of Cyborg 009 last year with sponsor Panasonic.
Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit) produced a 3D Pepsi Nex ad with Cyborg 009 earlier this year. Kamiyama is both directing and scripting the story of the new film, which will be set in the year 2013.
Tokyopop published the original Cyborg 009 manga in North America, and Columbia Tristar and Cartoon Network brought the 2001-2002 television anime version to the United States. Aeon Flux creator Peter Chung revealed in a 2008 Animation World Magazine interview that he wrote a story and redesigned the characters for an animated feature adaptation of Cyborg 009. There has been no confirmed connection between the new anime project and Peter Chung's pre-production work.
Image ©2012 009 Re: Cyborg Production Committee