Sony’s Crunchyroll Picks Up Remake of Classic Animated Series ‘Trigun’ – The Hollywood Reporter
Sony Pictures anime streamer Crunchyroll has lined up a remake of the anime series Trigunbased on Yasuhiro Nightow’s cult manga.
Trigun was first adapted in 1998 as an anime series Trigun and later as a feature film in 2010 as Trigun: Badlands Rumble. Both gained popularity and influence in Japan and overseas. The series aired in the United States on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, later followed by Sony’s Funimation.
The new series, Stampede Trigun, will be produced by Tokyo-based studio Orange, with an all-new team of animators and voices. Crunchyroll will then simulcast the series from Japan to over 200 countries and territories around the world in 2023.
The Trigun saga follows the story of Vash the Stampede, a legendary gunslinger and pacifist with a bounty on his head. Other plans for Stampede Trigun will be unveiled at Anime Expo 2022 in Los Angeles in early July, Crunchyroll said. Manga creator Yasuhiro Nightow and the producers of the new show will appear on stage to discuss the series and behind-the-scenes production details. Alongside Nightow, panelists will include Kouji Tajima (designer), Kiyotaka Waki (producer, Orange), Yoshihiro Watanabe (producer, Orange), and Katsuhiro Takei (producer, Toho).
Since completing its $1.2 billion acquisition of Crunchyroll from AT&T last summer, Sony Pictures has been quick to combine the service with its in-house anime streamer Funimation, creating a powerful global platform devoted to the flourishing anime business. In addition to improving its simulcast anime content pipeline, Crunchyroll, with support from Sony, has increased the scale and frequency of its international anime theatrical releases. At the Cannes Film Festival in May, the company unveiled plans to release hitmaker Makoto Shinkai’s next feature worldwide, Suzume no Tojimari. Earlier this week, the company revealed worldwide summer release dates for the upcoming Dragon Ball movie, Dragon Ball Super: Super Heroes.