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"Have you become so fond of humans, Ultraman?"
- ―Movie tagline
Shin Ultraman: A Special-Effects Fantasy Movie (シン・ウルトラマン 空想特撮映画 Shin Urutoraman: Kūsō Tokusatsu Eiga), or simply Shin Ultraman (シン・ウルトラマン Shin Urutoraman), is an upcoming movie set to be released in early summer 2021, co-produced between Tsuburaya Productions, Toho Company and Khara inc. It is stated to be a movie adaptation of the original Ultraman series.
The movie will be written and produced by Hideaki Anno, who is most well known for his work on the Evangelion franchise and more recently, Shin Godzilla. Anno will be fully attached to the project after completing his work on Evangelion 3.0+1.0. Anno's long time partner and colleague Shinji Higuchi, who also directed Shin Godzilla, will be the movie's director.
The first draft of the script was reportedly completed on Feburary 5th, 2019.
Takumi Saito has been cast as the film's main character, who becomes Ultraman, and Masami Nagasawa has been cast as his partner.
On November 23, 2019, Director Shinji Higuchi announced at the 2nd Atami Kaiju Film Festival that filming for the movie has already been completed.
Ultraman's new design and the movie's title card were revealed at Tsuburaya Convention 2019. Being based on Tohl Narita's painting Incarnation of Truth, Justice, and Beauty, the design noticeably lacks the Color Timer, and is also missing the "dorsal fin" on the back which would normally be used to conceal the zipper the suit actor uses to enter the suit. The black dots on the eyes, which are the suit's eye holes, are also absent from the redesign.
On November 3, 2020, a 2-meter tall statue of Ultraman was unveiled at the opening ceremony of the Sukagawa Tokusatsu Archive center in Fukushima, which was Eiji Tsuburaya's hometown. Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi and Katsuro Onoue were present for the event. They also announced the release date to be in early summer, 2021.
- Takumi Saito
- Masami Nagasawa
- Hidetoshi Nishijima
- Daiki Arioka
- Akari Hayami
- Tetsuji Tanaka
- Koji Yamamoto
- Ryo Iwamatsu
- Keishi Nagatsuka
- Kyusaku Shimada
- Toru Masuoka
- Hajime Yamazaki
- Soko Wada
- Producer/Writer: Hideaki Anno
- Director: Shinji Higuchi
- Associate Director: Katsuro Onoue
- Music: Shiro Sagisu
- Shin Ultraman is not Anno's first project relating to the Ultraman Series; in fact, one of the first productions by what would eventually become Gainax (Anno's production studio), then called Daicon, was Return of Ultraman, a short fan-made film produced in 1983.
- The movie's tagline comes from a line of dialogue that Zoffy says to Ultraman in the final episode of the 1966 series.