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New American Ultraman

Postby lhb412 » Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:24 pm

With the victory over Chaiyo (though, I believe the licensing rights for those first 6 series are still in question in a few territories) it was inevitable that Tsuburaya would try taking another crack at the international market and viola! Here we go:

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ ... m=referral

Of course, we have no idea what shape an eventual series will take. These guys are basically a massive licencing outfit. I imagine they'd have to partner with someone to actually make a show or movie... of course, wouldn't it be cool if they essentially did it Power Rangers style with American 'drama' scenes and (in this case original) Japanese produced effects footage?
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby Kailem » Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:47 pm

Whatever form it takes hopefully it makes it's way to the UK. We're pretty Ultraman-starved over here.
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby lhb412 » Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:07 am

Hmmm... August Ragone making the story much juicier:

https://m.facebook.com/august.ragone/po ... 3967123185

A) This Gomez fella is apparently an old school Ultraman and tokusatsu fan who grew up in the toku-mania of 70s Hawaii.
B) August promises an exciting announcement regarding the back catalogue of Ultra Series which he is not at liberty to discuss until it's officially announced!
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby klen7 » Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:26 am

^B please!!
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby RobD » Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:46 am

Really hoping that the original series gets an official blu-ray release here in the States! They'll be able to
use the original excellent English dubbing while using the re-mastered blu-rays that were released in Japan I would presume.

Reference:
https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Ultraman ... ray/73090/

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Even better, I have a feeling there may be more Netflix Ultraman besides the anime series coming in April 2019. Perhaps
we'll get an announcement from Netflix that they'll be getting the original first six series to air/stream?

So exciting to finally see Ultraman coming back "home" to the States! I grew up with him and he'll always be my favorite hero!
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby lhb412 » Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:07 pm

I wonder if August is actually involved in whatever is going on with the catalog titles, or if he just knows because of his connections? Guess we'll have to wait until whatever official announcement is apparently upcoming.

I am very excited. The English dubs for those few movies really got my hopes up that we were getting some sort of consistent distribution. Would love to see that bare fruit, finally.

--- edit ---

From August's twitter:

Lots of Ultraman coming our way in the States this coming year (stay tuned)!
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby lhb412 » Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:58 pm

Okay, this company Starlight Runner is supposed to be the one getting the new Ultraman projects off the ground, but there's also mention of something called The Licensing Group as partnering with Tsuburaya. Gormaru phrased what The Licencing Group is doing thusly:

https://mobile.twitter.com/OMEGAGORMARU ... 5544419328

Hmmmm....
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby klen7 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:07 pm

I am so ready for physical releases!
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby RobD » Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:20 pm

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all fellow Ultraman fans!

We shall declare that 2019 will be the year of ULTRAMAN!!

I'd love to see the first six live action Ultraman series released to blu-ray using the remastered
Japanese prints. I'd also love to see Netflix pick up the streaming rights to the first six series
to broadcast as well on the service along with their upcoming April 2019 Ultraman animated series!

I'd also love to see a proper Ultraman toy line be kicked off from a toy company like Hasbro
or Neca!


2019=The Year of ULTRAMAN!!
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby lhb412 » Sat Dec 22, 2018 11:13 pm

^ Well, Godzilla already has a pretty good claim on 2019, but I certainly hope Ultraman isn't far behind!
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby lhb412 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:41 pm

Another somewhat hopeful statement from August Ragone echoing what RobD said above, saying that 2019 could be the year of Ultraman!

https://mobile.twitter.com/RagoneAugust ... 2798917633
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby Henry88 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:58 pm

so how would an American Ultraman movie or show play out?
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:38 pm

Henry88 wrote:so how would an American Ultraman movie or show play out?


That's kind of a tough call. Ten years ago or more and I would've said "garbage" ...but so much has changed in the cinematic landscape. What with the wave of superheroes doing so well and embraced by fans, non-fans and even (most) critics, this could be a great time to (re)introduce Ultraman to US audiences. Especially with the wave of great giant monster flicks of late (PacRim, Legendary's Monsterverse stuff, etc.), ULTRAMAN certainly has the potential to be a really great film. I think it's primarily dependent on who licenses the property.

A big studio brings a certain 'comfort' cache with them; in that what they make will at least look good and have an 'A' or upper-'B' polish to it. With that said, I've seen some pretty impressive stuff from smaller studios, too. (Plus smaller often means fewer clueless executive asshats with their fingers in the creative pot, so to speak.) Just as important would be which producer(s) and the director sign on. Hardcore fans, or at least those who are well-versed about the character, would almost certainly be better than a behind the scenes crew who are ignorant of the property & its history and so forth. The writer(s) would be another huge question mark. I've seen great writers turn out "meh" stuff and I've seen stuff from writers I'd never heard of (or only known from non-genre work) turn in top shelf scripts. The best choice Tsyburaya can make is to hire a solid guiding hand to oversee the franchise - like Kevin Feige is for Marvel - someone who will make the right, respectful choices for the integrity of the character without micromanaging and/or strangling the creativity of the filmmakers he/she is working with.

How's that for a non-answer? :lol:
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby lhb412 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:46 pm

Speaking conservatively, I'd imagine an American Ultraman movie to be like Ultraman The Next... only much more expensive. That movie struck me as Tsuburaya trying to do a Hollywood style film and I think they got the tone pretty spot on. I'd prefer something a bit more 'out there,' though.
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby RobD » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:01 pm

For an American movie, IMO the number one thing is having someone like August Ragone or Brad Warner being brought "on board" the production so we get
a "Ultraman" that doesn't stray from the source material that Hollywood almost always abandons.

I'd like to see old school "man in suit" costumes of both Ultraman and the monsters/alien beings.

I'd prefer they keep the Science Patrol and it's members. The members being the next generation family members of Captain
Mura, Ito, Arashi, Fuji and Hayata. The well done Ultraman Manga did this with "Shin Hayata", Hayata's son inheriting the Ultraman DNA for that storyline.

No need to mess with Ultraman's origin. Still establish him as a "intergalactic law officer" in charge of making sure Earth is not invaded by wanted aliens and
creatures like the Baltans, Zarab, Red King, etc.

Anyways, I'm pumped for Ultraman in 2019! I'm hoping we'll get an announcement soon of a proper blu-ray release for the first six series! Remastered in HD.
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby lhb412 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:52 am

After what a revelation Into the Spider-Verse was I couldn't help but think that, if they wanna go the animated feature route, that this would be a cool way to do Ultraman.
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:27 pm

If nothing else just give us stateside fans a Blu-ray release... digitally restored, complete & uncut, with the beloved Titra dubs fully intact (and cleaned up a little if possible). That's all I would ask for. Anything else us just icing on the cake. Of course deluxe subbed dvd/Blu releases of the remaining 5 Ultra series over here in R1 would be welcome also. 8)
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby lhb412 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:50 am

Apparently this Jeff Gomez fella has been interviewed by the Den of Geek website about Ultraman, so let's be on the lookout for that!
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby lhb412 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:37 pm

Here's the interview with Gomez:

https://mobile.twitter.com/RagoneAugust ... 5064331264

No concrete stuff on exactly what projects are possibly in the works, more just his bonafides as a fan, what Starlight Media does, and how they're applying that to Ultraman. They're like the official version of a fansite or a fan wiki creating these enormous information resources that people can work from. To mention one really fun bit from the interview: Starlight Media does this for Transformers and the comics and cartoons work heavily from their materials, while Michael Bay consistently ignored them!
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby lhb412 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:33 pm

One particularly interesting bit: Gomez points out that the current iterations of the franchise in Japan have been targeting very small kids, but Tsuburaya wants a potential international franchise to be more like the Marvel, that is, a truly all-ages property for kids and adults.
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby klen7 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:42 pm

^^ i couldnt figure out what that article was about
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby lhb412 » Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:12 pm

^ The article is a mess of pull quotes from the interview that have no coherence to each other when separated from the overall conversation.
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby mbozzo » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:58 pm

If this new American Ultraman series or movie is done with care, It might make him very popular in America. :wink:
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby lhb412 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:39 pm

Look at the shiny new English language logos Tsuburaya has whipped up for all their vintage shows:

https://mobile.twitter.com/mukubird/sta ... 1925922816

I hope we get an announcement about these series becoming available soon. I wonder if when such a thing happens 'The Return of Ultraman' will be marketed as 'Ultraman Jack?'
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Re: New American Ultraman

Postby O.Supreme » Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:23 am

No logos for The Ultraman aka Jonias. Or Ultraman TTF (Great) or TUH (Powered).
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