Live Action Gatchaman Movie Starts Shooting On Monday

It will always be the anglicised Battle of the Planets to me – largely because I'm not about to sink a week into watching a box of the originals – but to a lucky many, it's Gatchaman, or even Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.

Yep – Science Ninja. I'd watch anything called Science Ninja Something Something at least once.

A new live-action adaptation of the anime is set to start rolling in Japan this Monday. The script is by Yūsuke Watanabe, who also wrote Gantz and next year's Dragon Ball Z feature, and the film will be directed by Toya Sato, best known for the live-action Grave of the Fireflies.

Particularly interesting is that the designs are being done by Apleseed's Shinji Aramaki. Lots of feathers and bird-bill themed visors will be the order of the day, and I'd expect some pretty bold colours too.

According to Eiga, the film will have more than 1300 CG FX shots. That's an awful lot. Either this thing is going to have a seizure-friendly average shot length or it's going to be a largely animated affair. I'm sensing a lot of green screen.

The show was about a team of five young heroes fighting against some kind of alien menace. I don't really know how much was changed in translation to Battle of the Planets. Anyhow, here's the original opening sequence, to give you some idea of what the show was like.