Joe Russo Gatchaman Adaptation Update

In an interview with film news website Collider on Wednesday, Director Joe Russo confirmed that he and his brother Anthony Russo’s planned adaptation of the Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets) television anime series will not adapt the plot of the anime, but will instead focus on ‘a group of genetically altered children engaged in space war. During Joe Russo Gatchaman Adaptation interview he said that they are “trying to figure out what the new mythology is.”

At San Diego Comic-Con last July the Russo brothers revealed they were creating the project at their AGBO studios. He did not know at the time whether they are going to direct the film, nor could they know whether the movie is going to be animated or live-action. They said it would be in live-action if they do direct, though.

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Excerpt From Collider:

“It’s not going to be a direct adaptation of the series,” Russo said of Battle of the Planets. “It’s going to be our own story that we tell surrounding a group of genetically altered kids who are involved in a space war… That could take months of gestating, and trying to figure out what the new mythology is. And then we commit that to a bible, and then from that bible we do some artwork as exploration, and once we have artwork that we’re inspired by we then commit that to a script. So we’re in the bible phase for Battle of the Planets at the moment.”


The first Gatchaman anime premiered in October of 1972 and earned an average rating of 21%. It was only planned for two quarters of a year, but was extended to two full years for a total of 105 episodes. Tatsunoko Production’s classic sci-fi hero series follows five people who 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. Dr. Nanbu has assembled these five young heroes as humanity’s last hope.

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