Live-Action Gatchaman Slated for August 24
posted on by Egan Loo
Japanese film distributor Toho unveiled its 2013 lineup on Thursday, and among the titles are the live-action film adaptation of the classic Tatsunoko Productions science-fiction hero anime Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. The film will open in Japan on August 24.
Director Toya Sato (live-action Grave of the Fireflies, Sexy Voice and Robo, Kaiji, Gokusen) began shooting the film in October. Yūsuke Watanabe (20th Century Boys, Gantz, Bloody Monday, 2013 Dragon Ball Z film) wrote the script, and Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed films) designed the characters.
Tori Matsuzaka (.hack//The Movie, live-action Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger) stars as Ken, the head of the eponymous team. Gō Ayano (second-in-command Jō), Ayame Gōriki (explosive yoyo-wielding Jun), Tatsuomi Hamada (youngest member Jinpei), and Ryōhei Suzuki (main pilot Ryū) round out the cast.
Toho also announced that it will release the new American Godzilla film in 2014. Director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and Legendary Pictures (The Dark Knight Rises) are planning the film for an American release by Warner on May 16, 2014.