Shin Kamen Rider, a new movie based on the original Kamen Rider hero, has been announced to be in production. The movie will be directed by Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno.
Announced as part of the celebrations for Kamen Rider’s 50th anniversary, the teaser image for Shin Kamen Rider shows off the classic first Kamen Rider, along with a gritty looking black trench coat.
The movie is slated for a March 2023 release, and no visuals have been shown from it yet outside of the one teaser image.
While Anno is most well known for his work on the Evangelion series, he’s also been hard at work helming multiple dramatic reimaginings of classic Japanese characters. It started with Shin Godzilla, which returned the popular monster to its political commentary roots as young politicians and scientists are forced to deal with a problem their seniors chose to ignore.
After that it was announced Anno would be working on Shin Ultraman, a less grimdark cinematic take on the iconic Ultraman character. That movie was previously slated for a Summer 2021 release, though has been delayed due to COVID-19.
Kamen Rider is one of the biggest mainstays of Japanese culture, with a rotating cast of Riders and different stories giving every different person an attachment to their own rider.