Hong Kong-based Imagi Animation Studios, which is currently in production on the new animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, has teamed with Tatsunoko Production of Japan to create a CG feature based on the long-running Gatchaman anime franchise.
Gatchaman was created more than 30 years ago and has become one of the longest-running drama series in anime history. U.S. audiences know the property better as G-Force, Battle of the Planets and Eagle Riders, which were much-edited versions that aired in the 1970s and 80s. The series follows five teenagers who come together and change into superheroes to save the world from monsters and intergalactic evil.
To date, the Gatchaman legacy boasts 205 TV episodes, one feature film and three direct-to-video features. Imagi’s new feature is being written and directed by Kevin Munroe, who is also spearheading the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flick, which will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. and internationally by The Weinstein Co.
Imagi produces the CG-animated TV series Zentrix, which airs in Hong Kong, Japan and France. Also in the works are two animated features. The CG-animated Cat Tale will feature the voices of Sean Astin, Elisha Cuthbert, Stanley Tucci and Alan Cumming, and an anime feature based on the live-action Highlander franchise is being directed by acclaimed genre master Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, The Animatrix ‘World Record,’ ‘Program’).