Celebrated Japanese superhero Ultraman will be adapted into a live-action U.S.-made TV series by Starlight Runner Entertainment.
Tsuburaya Productions, the studio behind the original Ultra franchise, has hired Jeff Gomez’s transmedia production company to develop the character for American audiences over multiple platforms including the potential live-action series.
The franchise began in 1966 and in its time has yielded thirty-four shows, nine original video animation specials, thirty movies and over fifty video game appearances. The “Ultraman” series still grosses over $50 million a year in Japan on toys and merchandise alone.
Gomez company has worked on the “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Men in Black” and “Avatar” franchises. An anime series adaptation of the property is currently slated for an April 1st 2019 release on Netflix.