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Russo Bros. look set to tackle Battle of the Planets

by Sean P. Aune | July 19, 2019July 19, 2019 3:42 pm EDT

The Russo Bros. held a panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. No one was quite sure what it was going to deal with as they just wrapped up Avengers: Endgame, but they had some surprises in store.


It’s already well-known that the Russos are working on a new film called Cherry with Tom Holland, and are behind the Magic the Gathering series for Netflix, but the brothers decided to delve into what else was on their plate as well.

The Russos announced they are working on developing cult 1980s comic Grimjack with an eye towards producing it as a series for Amazon. They’re also working with Michael B. Jordan on an update of The Thomas Crown Affair. But the biggest news of the event was quite possibly that they have acquired the rights to Battle of the Planets.

That sound you heard was children of the 1970s screaming their heads off in excitement.

Battle of the Planets was a U.S. adaptation of Japanese series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. As it kicked off in 1978 – to capitalize on the success of Star Wars – a lot of compromises were made. An entirely new character named 7-Zark-7 was also added to pad episodes… much to everyone’s dismay.

Hopefully, we might be able to forgo his inclusion.

The Russos stated that no writer is attached yet, and it hasn’t been decided it will be animated or live-action. Should they choose to direct then it would be live-action for sure.

Airing in syndication from 1978 to 1980, this was a staple for children at the time. The idea of a live-action adaptation, by a pair of directors so versed in spectacle, will be an exciting time.

We will be keeping an eye on this closely, and hope that it comes to fruition.

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Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing