"Pretty Guardians Sailor Moon Eternal," a new animated film in the hit franchise, is landing in Japanese theaters in 2020.
The previously announced two-part film serves as the fourth season of the "Sailor Moon Crystal" animated series, covering the "Dead Moon" plot arc.
News of the film's release was announced at Usagi Birthday Special Party 2019, a fan club event.
It was earlier revealed that the fourth "Dead Moon" arc would be produced as a two-part feature film, with Kazuko Tadano, character designer for the original “Sailor Moon” animated TV series, reprising her role for the latest project.
The film will be directed by Chiaki Kon, who also handled the third season of the “Sailor Moon Crystal” series covering the “Death Busters” arc.
The original manga creator, Naoko Takeuchi, will serve as supervisor for the film.
To celebrate the announcement, a teaser visual based on character designs by Tadano and a special clip have been unveiled.
“Sailor Moon” is also marking its 25th anniversary with a series of projects, including its first digital books released July 1.
For more information about the franchise, visit the official website at (http://sailormoon-official.com/).
Disney is a behemoth now, playing to the law of averages by releasing just about every popular property while mining their own successful back catalog for reboots. Their position in the world, however, wasn't always so solid. The movie studio came back from a long decline with a series of hit films in the late '80s and '90s, a period known in hindsight as the "Disney Renaissance." Riding high off of successes like Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, the company gave a peek at what it would become, getting its gobble on and swallowing up ABC, grabbing the subsidiary DiC in the process.
Fans who can hear that animation company's production card in their head know that DiC had a deep well of successful properties, and Disney wanted to turn their newfound riches into films. While a time when live-action adaptations of anime being common was decades away, Disney was eyeballing a flesh-and-blood take on Sailor Moon.
DiC had localized the beloved cartoon for the United States, and the first two seasons of Sailor Moon were now under the sway of CEO Michael Eisner. Luckily for purist fans of the Sailor Soldiers, the House of Mouse never got the chance to turn Usagi Tsukino into Disney Princess Serenity.
Very little coverage was given to the Sailor Moon movie in the industry trades, indicating it never really got off the ground. In a story about the live-action remake of Mr. Magoo from 1997, Variety shared that director Stanley Tong was attached to lead the Americanized reboot.
This is a bit of a mixed bag. Tong is responsible for some of the greatest martial arts movies ever made, and was a favorite of Jackie Chan during his golden era. He was behind the camera for Rumble In The Bronx and several of the Police Story movies. That's an incredible pedigree for what was sure to be a stunt-heavy movie.
His work on Disney adaptations for American audiences, though, leaves quite a bit to be desired. He did direct the aforementioned Mr. Magoo movie, an outright disaster that wasted Leslie Nielsen's talents and didn't expand beyond the source cartoons.
Early gossip blogs also connected Gesena Davis with the movie, with Movie City News saying that the Thelma & Louise star was in talks to play Queen Beryl, tipping Disney's hand over what storyline was being considered. The same blog floated a few other actresses to fill out the Sailor Soldiers, including Wynona Ryder and Elizabeth Shue.