4/22/20

The following was reported from Joe Russo via collider.com

Joe Russo, co-director and producer of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame with his brother Anthony, recently shared some updates on a few of the highly-anticipated projects they currently have in development at AGBO. Speaking with Collider’s Steve Weintraub in an exclusive conversation, Russo teased some details about the current status of their live-action adaptation of the 1977 animated series Battle of the Planets.

“It’s not going to be a direct adaptation of the series,” Russo said of Battle of the Planets. “It’s going to be our own story that we tell surrounding a group of genetically altered kids who are involved in a space war… That could take months of gestating, and trying to figure out what the new mythology is. And then we commit that to a bible, and then from that bible we do some artwork as exploration, and once we have artwork that we’re inspired by we then commit that to a script. So we’re in the bible phase for Battle of the Planets at the moment.”

Battle of the Planets was an Americanized version of a Japanese cartoon series titled Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, about a team of young fighters called G-Force tasked with defending Earth from intergalactic enemies. It was not dissimilar from Voltron, in that G-Force flew one giant spaceship that contained several smaller, equally righteous vehicles. It’ll be interesting to see what the Russos’ take on the series ends up being, but blockbuster space battles seem firmly within their wheelhouse.

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Collider.com also posted a short video interview with Joe Russo that discussed much of the same content, but in a little more detail. 

 


7/19/19

During the A Conversation with the Russo Brothers discussion panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced to a very appreciative crowd that among other projects there may be a Battle of the Planets feature film in the works! In what should have been a huge hint to the direction of the panel, Anthony Russo wore a t-shirt with members of the team on it.

Anthony Russo in his Battle of the Planets t-shirt, followed by the logo shown on a video screen during the panel (photos courtesy of Sharon Shaw).

No real specifics have been revealed, simply because there are none yet. However, the following is what is known:

The Russo brothers' AGBO Films has a production deal in place and will look to develop Battle of the Planets as a feature film. What kind? Joe Russo said, "If we were to make it, it would be live-action," and "We love this show, I used to race home from school every day just to watch this at 4 o'clock."

The "If" in his statement refers to the fact they're not sure if the brothers will direct the potential Battle feature or produce it and hand directing duries off to someone else. Also, no writer has been chosen for the project yet.

All of this is, of course, very early into the process of the possible project. I hope to be able to pass along more information and details as they become available!