Tsuburaya has issued a statement in regards to an unauthorized Ultraman production.
A Chinese produced movie featuring Ultraman was recently announced via press conference. The press conference, in particular images of the Ultraman, spread via social media, prompting Tsuburaya to issue an official statement.
On July 10th, 2017, in Beijing, China, the Chinese company Guangzhou Blue Arc Culture Communication Co., Ltd. announced the creation of a movie using the Ultraman Series characters called “Dragon Force Movie II: So Long Ultraman”.
In regards to this announcement, this company had absolutely nothing to do with it, and the video work was created without our permission or supervision. Also, this should be concluded to be an attack on the use of the Ultraman character’s presentation, image, and condition among other things, and is absolutely unacceptable.
Concerning the rights and use of the early Ultraman Series’ on television (Ultra Q, Ultraman, Ultra Seven, The Return of Ultraman, Ultraman Ace, Ultraman Taro), there have been long term disputes in several countries. However, it’s been determined that up until this time, consistently, no other companies aside from ours produce the Ultraman series’ and retain those copyrights.
Additionally, only our company has the right to create new television work and the right to adapt or alter the Ultraman series characters.
Based on the above information, this company intends to pursue legal action in regards to the Chinese company that has formally announced the production of this movie.
To all of our customers, our authorised clients, and fans of the Ultraman series, we sincerely apologize from the bottom of our hearts for causing you great concern and trouble, and thank you for your constant support from here on forward.
Source: Tsuburaya Station