As reported by Deadline, the Russo Brothers announced at Comic-Con that will be producing a new movie version of the ’70s Japanese cartoon series “Battle of the Planets”.
Although I lived in Japan, I did not see the original version of this cartoon from 1972. Instead, I caught up with it when it was imported to the U.S., heavily edited to make it more Star Wars-like, then brought back to Japan via the military’s Far East Network.
I loved it. Who didn’t want to be one of five G-Force members tasked with protecting the planet from hostile forces, wearing nerdy but super-functional bird costumes, with access to robots, gadgets, and a cool airplane called the Phoenix, equipped with four smaller vehicles the members could use to battle.
Here’s a good article about the Battle of the Planets, whose original title in Japanese can be translated as Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.
Here is an extended clip (wink wink) of the first episode.