Saint Seiya Film Gets Release Window

At the MIPCOM trade event in Cannes, France, the chairman of Toei Animation (Kozo Morishita) revealed that the upcoming Saint Seiya CG film is hoping for a 2013 release, with production wrapping up in July. Morishita also promised that the film will have a “top level” budget and get the conversion to stereoscopic 3D for release in territories outside Japan, meaning there will be plenty of action-packed eye-candy for everyone! Director of last year’s smash-hit anime Tiger & Bunny, Keiichi Satou will be taking the reins of this film alongside fellow Tiger & Bunny member Tomohiro Suzuki, who will write the screenplay.

Also mentioned at the event was the possibility of a new TV series after the film is released, with Morishita saying that “delivering a movie before starting to develop a series is a great way to test the appetite of the audience“.

The film was announced in 2011 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Saint Seiya franchise. Created by Masami Kuramada, the world-famous shounen series follows a group of young saints armed with powerful cloths of the constellations as they fight to protect the world and goddess Athena, with multiple generations taking up their cloths and duties. The latest edition to the franchise, Saint Seiya Omega, is currently available for streaming on Crunchyroll along with 2009 OVA series Saint Seiya; the Lost Canvas.

Source: Variety

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