It was announced that classic sci-fi/adventure anime series Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman will be getting its first live-action film adaptation next summer.
Film production will start on October 15 with Toya Sato (live-action Grave of the Fireflies, Gokusen) directing. He is joined by scriptwriter Yusuke Watanabe (Gantz, upcoming Dragon Ball Z film) and designer Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) in the project.
Actor Tori Matsuzaka will be portraying Ken, the leader of the team. Gō Ayano (Jō Asakura), Ayame Gōriki (Jun), Tatsuomi Hamada (Jinpei), and Ryōhei Suzuki (Ryū Nakanishi) were also cast.
A new threat appears all over the world in the form of the terrorist group known as the Galactor. To combat the forces of Galactor, well-renowned scientist Kouzaburou Nanbu unleashes the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, a team of five young heroes skilled in the art of ninjutsu and dressed in unique bird-like costumes. [ANN]