Battle of the Planets blasts into the 21st century

Toronto, Canada-based Corus Entertainment's Nelvana and Japan's d-rights are rebooting the cult anime series for a new generation of boys.
January 13, 2015

Battle of the Planets, the classic action-adventure toon that had its heyday in North America in the late 1970s, is getting a reboot courtesy of Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enterprises and Japan’s d-rights.

Nelvana and d-rights—which also teamed on Nelvana’s popular Beyblade property—are set to develop the new series under the working title Battle of the Planets: Phoenix Ninjas.

Aimed at boys ages six to 11, the new property will re-imagine the cult anime series with a distinct new look and feel, but will feature the same big action stories and characters.

The original Battle of the Planets was adapted for the Western market in 1978 by Sandy Frank Entertainment from Japanese anime series Gatchaman, released in Japan in 1972 and produced by Tatsunoko ProductionIt follows a group of five defenders – the G-Force – as it protects the galaxy and battles against intergalactic evil, including villainous masked commander Zoltar.

BOP aired in North America between the late ’70s and early ’80s. Animated feature film Gatchaman, based on the original Japanese series, hit theaters in Japan in the summer of 2013.


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