Shin Ultraman

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Shin Ultraman
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The Japanese teaser poster for Shin Ultraman
Directed by Shinji Higuchi
Producer(s) Hideaki Anno
Written by Hideaki Anno
Music by Shiro Sagisu
Production companies Toho, Tsuburaya, khara (executives); Toho Pictures, Cine Bazar
Distributor TohoJP
Budget To be announced
Box office To be announced
Running time To be announced
This article concerns an upcoming subject, and will be updated with new information as it arises.
Have you become so fond of humans, Ultraman? (そんなに人間が好きになったのか、ウルトラマン。)

— Tagline

Shin Ultraman (シン・ウルトラマン,   Shin Urutoraman) is an upcoming Japanese tokusatsu kaiju film to be co-produced by Tsuburaya Productions, Toho, and khara, Inc. A successor to Shinji Higuchi and Hideaki Anno's previous tokusatsu endeavor, Shin Godzilla, it will serve as a film adaptation of the 1966 series, Ultraman. Initially scheduled to be released to Japanese theaters in the summer of 2021,[1] the film is currently undated.[2]

Development[edit | edit source]

On August 1, 2019, Tsuburaya Productions announced that an Ultraman film helmed by Shinji Higuchi and Hideaki Anno was in the works, produced in association with Toho and khara and set for a 2021 release. Anno had already completed the first draft of the script on February 5.[3] The film will star Takumi Saito, Masami Nagasawa, and Hidetoshi Nishijima.[4] A later report from Japanese news outlet Natalie, which featured comments from Higuchi, Saito, Nagasawa, Nishijima, Tsuburaya chairman Takayuki Tsukagoshi, and Toho president Minami Ichikawa, revealed Saito's role as Ultraman's human host, with Nagasawa playing his partner.[5] In his statement, Higuchi remarked that "A baton has been entrusted to me that has been shining ever since I was a small child. I will solemnly strive to fulfill my responsibility to pass on that heavy, radiant baton created by my seniors."[5][6] On September 25, ten additional cast members were revealed, including names such as Daiki Arioka, Akari Hayami, and Tetsushi Tanaka.[7]

Production[edit | edit source]

A casting call for the film was posted on August 20, with filming set to begin sometime in the fall of 2019.[8] Shinji Higuchi made a surprise appearance at the 2nd Atami Kaiju Film Festival on November 23, announcing that shooting of the film had concluded.[9]

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Ultraman's design was revealed during the opening ceremony of Tsuburaya Convention 2019 on December 13. Though largely identical to the character's traditional look, it removed his Color Timer, reflecting Tohl Narita's original concept.[10] On November 2, 2020, Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi showed off a new, much larger Ultraman statue outside the Sukagawa Archive Center, and confirmed a early summer release for the film.[1] On January 28, 2021, a teaser trailer, featuring first looks at veteran kaiju Neronga and Gabora, was released.

On March 26, Tsuburaya, Toho, and khara announced the film's release would be postponed from the summer of 2021 to an unspecified later date, citing "delays in the production schedule caused by COVID-19."[2]

Staff[edit | edit source]

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Ultras[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Weapons, vehicles, races, and organizations[edit | edit source]

Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • Shin Ultraman: A Special Effects Fantasy Film (シン・ウルトラマン空想特撮映画,   Shin Urutoraman Kūsō Tokusatsu Eiga, alternate Japanese title)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Shin Ultraman/Gallery.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Shin Ultraman teaser trailer
Regraded Shin Ultraman teaser trailer
Takumi Saito and Shinji Higuchi reveal Ultraman maquettes at TsubuCon 2019

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Shin Ultraman. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2021年初夏公開決定!『シン・ウルトラマン』立像が初お披露目、“特撮の神様”円谷英二の出身地・須賀川にてシン・ウルトラマンの“スペシウム光線ポーズ”が明らかに!
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harding, Daryl (26 March 2021). Anno and Higuchi's Shin Ultraman Film Postponed Due to COVID-19. Crunchyroll.
  3. 『シン・ウルトラマン』映画化に関するお知らせ. khara (1 August 2019).
  4. 4.0 4.1 An opening to a new page of the History of ULTRAMAN is underway! “SHIN ULTRAMAN”, a dawning of a brand new entertainment presented for everyone around the world has just began!. Tsuburaya Productions (1 August 2019).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 庵野秀明×樋口真嗣「シン・ウルトラマン」製作!出演は斎藤工、長澤まさみ、西島秀俊. Natalie (1 August 2019).
  6. Schilling, Mark (1 August 2019). ‘Shin Ultraman’ in the Works Through Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi. Variety.
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 庵野秀明&樋口真嗣『シン・ウルトラマン』新キャスト発表!有岡大貴ら10名. Cinema Today (25 September 2019).
  8. エキストラ募集【メルマガ登録】映画<樋口真嗣監督作品>⇒『シン・ゴジラ』製作チームが再集結!⇒出演:斎藤工、長澤まさみ、西島秀俊 ほか. Tokyo Extra NOTES (20 August 2019).
  9. 「シン・ウルトラマン」撮り終えた樋口真嗣監督も「ゴジラ伝説」ライブに感激. ENCOUNT (23 November 2019).
  10. 10.0 10.1 SHIN ULTRAMAN Revealed!. SciFi Japan (13 December 2019).


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