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Hideaki Anno’s Ultraman Reboot Gets US Distributor

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Cleopatra Entertainment has acquired U.S. territory rights to the latest incarnation film from the Japanese Superhero franchise Ultraman from Tsuburaya Productions. Entitled Shin Ultraman, this new Ultraman adventure was the sixth-highest grossing Japanese feature film of 2022 and will hit U.S. theaters – via Fathom Events – on January 11th and 12th, 2023.

Shin Ultraman poster


Written by Hideaki Anno (Shin Godzilla, Neon Genesis Evangelion) and directed by Shinji Higuchi (Shin Godzilla, Attack on Titan), the film stars Takumi Saitoh (Shin Godzilla, 13 Assassins), Hidetoshi Nishijima (Drive My Car, The Wind Rises),  Masami Nagasawa (Before We Vanish, Mother), Daiki Arioka (Innocent Curse), and Akari Hayami (Gintama, Forget Me Not).
 
As Shin Ultraman begins, we learn the appearance of giant unidentified life forms known as “S-Class Species (Kaiju)” has become commonplace in Japan. The Japanese Government formed a Kaiju defense taskforce known as the SSSP, led by Kimio Tamura (played by Drive My Car’s Hidetoshi Nishijima). After a particularly challenging encounter, a silver giant descends from the sky to rescue the country. Dubbed Ultraman, this giant’s identity and purpose are a mystery. Shin Ultraman is a reimagining of one of Japan’s classic superheroes, with the character of Ultraman dating back to 1966. It’s been described as full of cosmic twists, charismatic villains, and giant Kaiju, leading Variety to declare that “the mix of styles and moods works wonderfully, raising Shin ‘Ultraman’ into the top rank of superhero movies!”

Shin Ultraman still
Ultraman’s design in the film is based on his original appearence and made with the direct involvement of Ultraman’s original designer’s family.



The rights deal was brokered by Cleopatra Founder and CEO Brian Perera, Tim Yasui VP/GM of Cleopatra Entertainment, and by Brian O’Shea of The Exchange on behalf of the filmmakers. Cleopatra Entertainment is the film division of the music label of the same name. Previous releases include indie films like Ladyworld and Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival as well as documentaries on heavy metal, Lynard Skynard, and The Damned.
 
After its theatrical campaign concludes, Shin Ultraman will be released in the Spring of 2023 on VOD Platforms and also as a Deluxe Home Entertainment Blu Ray and DVD release.

Shin Ultraman still
Some of the models used in the film are reused from Anno’s Shin Godzilla

Images via Tsuburaya Productions

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