Is An Ultraman American Film A Possibility & Soon?
There has been quite a stir in the Ultraman franchise lately. More specifically, the folks over at Nuke the Fridge have posted an exclusive report about Sompote Saengduenchai and Chaiyo have settled and won a 16-year-old lawsuit and that they’re interested and shopping around Hollywood about possibly making an Americanized-film-version of Ultraman, according to Mr. Saengduenchai’s posse when they attended this year’s Nuke the Fridge Con 2013.
They mentioned that they wanted the possible Ultraman film to have the similar look and feel to that of the latest kaiju/robot film, Pacific Rim; also, they were possibly going after the top A-list actor Will Smith to take-on the main role of the symbiotically human/Ultraman. Will Smith is no stranger to the sci-fi genre – after all, he’s done Independence Day, Men in Black franchise, and recently After Earth. Also, it seems that Will Smith is no stranger to the iconic humanoid too:
If an Ultraman film becomes a reality, Mr. Saengduenchai hopes to have the film released in 2016.
As of right now, I would take this news with a grain of salt for the time being, as I’ve heard some past history with Chaiyo and Sompote. The two have been widely considered thieves and swindlers, and that there have been strong evidence that they have forged documents with factual errors and contradictions when it comes to the franchise. Their last known project, Ultraman Millennium, burned and crashed VERY BADLY.