If you were a kid in the very late 1970s and early 1980s anywhere in the Western world, the chances are you were often in front of the TV getting your Battle Of The Planets fix. Battle Of The Planets is the Americanized version of the Japanese anime Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.

The story follows five young orphans trained from a young age to form an elite fighting team known as G-Force, using incredible machines to protect Earth from intergalactic invasion.

The American version featured the voice of Casey Kasem and famously added a robotic sidekick, Seven-Zark-Seven, while removing some weirdly Japanese angles like the foe being a pansexual hermaphrodite. They also toned down the violence by referring to all destroyed forces as robot armies and took out the profanity.

Now F9: The Fast Saga and Kin writer Daniel Casey has been tapped by production company AGBO to bring the universe to life. AGBO’s founders are Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

Original anime series creators Tatsunoko are also on board with a brief to explore and expand the universe. They want the property to be the foundation for a connected universe and launch a major franchise across multiple forms of media. Streaming, comics, books, and movies.

Maybe just make a good movie first, eh?

The original Battle Of The Planets was many people’s gateway drug into the world of Manga and anime. It is easy to forget how huge it was when it was originally aired. It was the most successful animated series on US TV at the time.

No release dates are yet known. Casting will be next. Who can play Jason? Cavill is looking for work. Key-Op and Tiny will be interesting in the world we currently live in. Somebody, somewhere will find them offensive.

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