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Old April 18 2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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"Battle of the Planets" (1978 TV) live-action feature remake

From wikipedia about the original show:
"Battle of the Planets" (1978-1985) is an American adaptation of the Japanese anime series "Science Ninja Team Gatchaman" (1972). Of the 105 original Gatchaman episodes, 85 were used in the Battle of the Planets adaptation
Warner Brothers attempted to get an animated movie off the ground, a few years ago they finally gave up on the endlessly delayed project but the Japanese have continued to work on their own adaptation.
the WB version was going to be CGI wikipedia said.

Directed by Toya Sato (Kaiji, Gokusen), with screenplay by Yūsuke Watanabe (20th Century Boys, Gantz, Bloody Monday, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods)
Synopsis:
The five serve as agents of the International Science Organization in Tokyo in the near future. Galactor, a mysterious group whose technology far surpasses that of humans, has declared war on the entire world and has already subjugated half of it. A mysterious crystal-like object called a "stone," is humanity's only hope. Those who are able to draw out the power of the "stones" are forced to train to become special agents in a five-person team called "Gatchaman."
Japan release august 24, no USA release date.

Probably a Blu-ray release in North America but unknown of English dialogue dub. It may just be subtitles...

Teaser trailer of 23 seconds here at the link. [only closeups of 3 actors with suits on and graphics -very unrevealing]
http://www.jefusion.com/2013/04/live...promo.html?m=1

Also
http://m.quietearth.us/index.php?id=7649
http://m.imdb.com/title/tt2451110/
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_planets

I like the costume design and would like to see some actual action in a teaser trailer.
After seeing the BotP intro again on youtube i did watch this series in the early 1980s while growing up. I always loved that phoenix firebird.
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Old April 18 2013, 10:55 PM   #2
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If there's no 7 Zark 7 I'm out.

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Old April 18 2013, 11:02 PM   #3
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If Princess doesn't flash her panties every other scene I'm boycotting!


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Old April 18 2013, 11:31 PM   #4
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I am glad they are doing it live-action Gatchaman/Battle Of The Planets as they did Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato 2010 live-action film.
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Old April 18 2013, 11:53 PM   #5
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I don't know, I find the idea of these things great but I usually don't care for the actual execution of Japanese live action stuff. Maybe it's just cultural differences but it always seems kind of simplistic, shiny and slick but empty, and the acting and directing often seem kind of amateurish and/or melodramatic.
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Old April 18 2013, 11:58 PM   #6
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I am glad they are doing it live-action Gatchaman/Battle Of The Planets as they did Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato 2010 live-action film.
here is the imdb:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2451110/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2
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Old April 19 2013, 10:21 AM   #7
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I used to love the version they aired on UK tv but then again I was only 10 or so at the time.
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Old April 20 2013, 08:20 PM   #8
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^^ It aired in the UK as Battle of the Planets, and as G-Force. Loved it at the time, only to be horrified in later years to discover how much of a hatchet job on the original Gatchaman it was.
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Old April 20 2013, 08:42 PM   #9
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^^ It aired in the UK as Battle of the Planets, and as G-Force. Loved it at the time, only to be horrified in later years to discover how much of a hatchet job on the original Gatchaman it was.
Not sure how it was in the Japanese original but the English dub of Gatchaman - well I could find less corn in a farmer's field.

There was also another version call Eagle Riders and there was also a Gatchman OVA.
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Old April 22 2013, 09:25 PM   #10
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If there's no 7 Zark 7 I'm out.

IIRC, Zark was an American invention when it was re-edited as Battle of the Planets, to be a "kid friendly" narrator to the story and to fill in space from editing. Like Yamato, there were some occasional not-so-kid-friendly aspects to Gatchamen that had to be clipped. When episodes came in short, they put in the robot (a very R2-D2/IQ-9 kind of character that kids could easily relate to). You'll notice that his blinky lights are generally in synch with the English-speaking voice, as opposed to the dubbed Japanese footage. I doubt he'll show up in the Japanese version, but I could be wrong - a cameo, maybe.

Kind of interesting, anyway. Looking forward to seeing the Phoenix in all her glory. Loved that thing!
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If Princess doesn't flash her panties every other scene I'm boycotting!
This is more likely to happen.
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Old October 6 2013, 10:45 PM   #11
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See Pre-Vis and Polished Animation for Unfinished ‘Gatchaman’ Film

for the unfinished film.
I believe the new live-action film will not be using this footage.
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Old October 7 2013, 12:37 AM   #12
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IIRC, Zark was an American invention when it was re-edited as Battle of the Planets, to be a "kid friendly" narrator to the story and to fill in space from editing. Like Yamato, there were some occasional not-so-kid-friendly aspects to Gatchamen that had to be clipped. When episodes came in short, they put in the robot (a very R2-D2/IQ-9 kind of character that kids could easily relate to).
That's true, but there was more to it than that. Gatchaman was an entirely Earthbound show, but this was just after Star Wars happened and everyone wanted to imitate it, so they added the R2D2-esque robot and shot bridging material to show the characters' ship flying through space, so that they could pretend that the Earth-based action sequences from the original were happening on various alien planets.
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Old October 7 2013, 07:26 PM   #13
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IIRC, Zark was an American invention when it was re-edited as Battle of the Planets, to be a "kid friendly" narrator to the story and to fill in space from editing. Like Yamato, there were some occasional not-so-kid-friendly aspects to Gatchamen that had to be clipped. When episodes came in short, they put in the robot (a very R2-D2/IQ-9 kind of character that kids could easily relate to).
That's true, but there was more to it than that. Gatchaman was an entirely Earthbound show, but this was just after Star Wars happened and everyone wanted to imitate it, so they added the R2D2-esque robot and shot bridging material to show the characters' ship flying through space, so that they could pretend that the Earth-based action sequences from the original were happening on various alien planets.
They also did it because the original Gatchaman was considered way too violent for U.S. TV (as they were going for a kids audience); thus they needed ways to fill time for the cut footage that they considered too violent, and in some cases where they cut so much they had to use footage from two original Japanese episodes to come up with a single U.S. version; had to explain WHY the scene situation changed so drastically - so it was easy to just say, "they now traveled to planet X..."
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Old October 7 2013, 08:55 PM   #14
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^Sure, yes, that's my point -- that the two things they wanted to do (cut out the violence and imitate Star Wars) dovetailed with each other. Doing one enabled them to do the other.
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