Fast & Furious 9 writer to pen live-action Battle Of The Planets movie

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Daniel Casey will be writing the big screen adaptation of the popular late-70s anime Battle Of The Planets – more details here.

Two years after being announced by the Russo Brothers as being in development, the movie version of Battle Of The Planets is moving forwards, with Daniel Casey tapped to writer the script. Casey, who penned 2018’s Kin, is the writer behind F9, the latest instalment in The Fast & The Furious saga. He also has a number of as-yet un-produced scripts that he’s completed, including a Hitman adaptation.

Casey’s experience on a major, multi-part franchise that has recently expanded into spin-off territory will likely be key, as AGBO, the Russo’s production company, look to use the movie adaptation of Battle Of The Planets to launch a multi-media ‘shared universe.’

Joe and Anthony Russo state: ‘We are thrilled to be working with a collaborator of Dan’s calibre on this beloved property. His passion, attention to detail, and thirst for innovation will no doubt delight fans of the IP while making a thoughtful introduction for newcomers. He is pioneer at heart and the perfect partner as we set out to lay the foundation of a universe which will engage audiences on a meaningful level and across the media landscape.’

All very nice words, but it’s the last line which hints at the plans for the movie, as a springboard for a wealth of other media enterprises, most likely a TV series, an anime, perhaps even video games. It’s a trend that we’re seeing more of lately, such as with Zack Snyder’s Army Of The Dead film for Netflix launching a slew of projects set within that fictional universe.

Battle Of The Planets was a popular 1970s anime that was successfully exported to the US and introduced many American audiences to Japanese animation. It follows five young people known as G-Force, protecting the Earth from Zoltar and his cohorts. Plus, they also had a pretty cool spaceship that could turn into a flaming phoenix.

We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it, including casting and who snaps up the distribution rights, though we’re betting that Netflix will be somewhere in the hunt for this one.


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