Fans of the classic 1970s anime Science Ninja Team Gatchaman are one step closer to seeing a full-on, live action adaptation of the franchise with the release of a 30-second teaser trailer on the film's website.

This marks the second try to make a Gatchaman film in recent years. A Paul Dini-penned CGI movie was scrapped when Hong Kong-based Imagi Studios (the same studio that made the animated TMNT movie in 2007) closed in 2010. This attempt appears to have better fortunes. It's set for an August 24 release, though the teaser only shows a brief glimpse of the action to come.

Check it out after the jump.


The new film is directed by Toya Sato (Gokusen) and written by YÅ«suke Watanabe (20th Century Boys and Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods).

There's no word yet on when or if the movie will get a release outside Japan, though if it does, fans might want to brace themselves to see it retitled Battle of the Planets: G-Force Guardians of Space Eagle Riders.



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[Via JEFusion]