The Chaiyo Dispute and Arrest of the Ultraman Actor had caused cancellation of works which would have been entertained by. This time we will list the Incomplete Works in Heisei Series.
Ultraman Neos TV Series
After the plan for the Tsuburaya's Chinese movie "Ultraman: Fly Far Way towards Border of Dreams" gone down because of Chaiyo Dispute and their Overseas Deployment in Question, Tsuburaya once again decided to go back with Japan Deployment. They used the design of Ultraman from the Chinese Movie and decided make a TV Series with this Ultraman. It would be their First Ultraman Series to be made in Japan in 15 years (last Ultraman Series was Ultraman 80 in 1980).
Initially it was supposed to be the concept "Ultraman that will appear only in Event & Magazine" but later as the time passed, the Production of TV Series was decided and they the above Event & Magazine process as Advertising.
Tsuburaya had made Pilot Episode for Ultraman Neos back in 1995. They had planned to use many CG, show Emotions by moving eyes and mouth using CG, new techniques to represent the realistic Buildings, Planes of Defense Force and more.
This series was supposed to have link to the M-78 World till 80 but some of the magazines have also referred the link with Ultraman Great & Ultraman Powered. This was planned as 30th Anniversary Work but there was a problem with the Time Slot at TBS. Tsuburaya decided to change to MBS. With this to match with MBS' Requirement, the plan changed to Produce Heisei's Popular Ultraman Series "Ultraman Tiga". The First Lady Captain in Ultraman Tiga was a idea taken from Ultraman Neos. With this Ultraman Neos TV Series Plan was Taken Down.
There were voices from Fans who wanted to see the Series of Ultraman Neos so Ultraman Neos OVA was decided as the successor of "Heisei Ultraseven" Series. The plot was changed from Original M-78 World where Ultra Brothers live to M-78 in Parallel World. The Suit designs were improved with Influence from Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna & Ultraman Gaia Series. Some of the attacks used by Ultraman Neos & Ultraseven 21 was never used in the OVA later.
The OVA was released in 2000. During the Arrest of Taiyo Sugiura (Ultraman Cosmos) in 2002, Ultraman Neos Episode 1 & Episode 2 was aired as a replacement. But on the week Ultraman Neos Episode 2 was aired, it was known that Taiyo Sugiura was arrested with False Charges. Ultraman Cosmos Broadcast was continued from the next week. Recently in 2012, all episodes were Aired on the TV First Time in TOKYO MX's "Tsuburaya Theater".
Ultraman Zearth 3
This serves as the Sequel to Ultraman Zearth 2. The scenario was written but was taken down because the production of the movie "Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light" was already decided.
At least this movie was taken without any reason like conflict, production cost. Ultraman Zearth was supposed to be a Sponsor Character for the company Idemitsujin (Ultraman Hotto, Ultraman Motto & Ultraman Kitto which appeared around 2007 was also a sponsor character for them). The actor who played human host Ultraman Zearth was the manager of Owarai Combi Tunnels who are also the cast of the movie. With this getting Ultraman Zearth 2 itself was unusual one.
Ultraman Zearth 3 was supposed to feature his Son. This idea of son was later used in the movie "New Century 2003 Ultraman Legend: THE KING'S JUBILEE". Zearth's Son B-BOY Zearth Jr. who likes Hip-Hop was seen in the movie. You can see him on the above DVD Cover standing above Ultraman King. (Ultraman Zearth is on the Bottom-Right).
It was also said that it would have been revealed in Ultraman Zearth 3 that Ultraman Zearth is supposed to be the Grandson of Ultraman King.
Movie "YELLOW EYES"
In the year 2000, Tsuburaya had realized that they also need to focus adult audience in order to survive the that age of business. They decided to produce a movie called "YELLOW EYES" which focuses on adult audience. The concept was the person who transforms into Ultraman isn't the Ally of Justice but more of a Terrorist. But during the fight as Ultraman will rise to Justice. He isn't the Protagonist of the movie. The protagonist of this movie is a Member of Anti-Terrorist Organization.
The title "YELLOW EYES" refers to both Ultraman Eye-Color & Emergency Color Yellow.
This would have been an unique Ultraman work. They had made a pretty dark scenario but the 9/11 Incident took place. The scenario of the movie had some resembles with the actual incident. With this shock, Tsuburaya Staff decided to immediately take down this movie. If this Ultraman had appeared then might been rampaging like Ultraman Orb Thunder Breaster in his First Appearance → Destroying Buildings.
They had realized that this wasn't the movie that should be made in that period of time. Tsuburaya Staff who were troubled with the Chaiyo Dispute once again thought of re-thinking of the Figure of Actual Hero. The contents of this movie would be too bad if it was released.
With this they had come up with the ULTRA N Project → Ultraman Nexus (TV Series), ULTRAMAN (2004 Film), Ultraman Noa (Magazines). A much more Bigger Project targetted for Adults but with influence of actual Hero.
The concept of Protagonist not being the Ultraman in Ultraman Nexus was actually taken from this movie.
Ultraman Justice TV Series
Ultraman Justice who is now considered as the Ultraman from Ultraman Cosmos Series wasn't supposed to be like that. Ultraman Justice was originally planned as TV Series after Ultraman Cosmos. The concept was supposed to be First Woman to transform into Ultraman (not Ultra Woman / or even Ultraman Ace). The appearance in Ultraman Cosmos 2: BLUE PLANET was originally decided as a Special Early Appearance just like we now in Kamen Rider Series or Super Sentai Series and from this year in Ultraman Series too.
The Special Early Appearance was pretty popular back in the Days in Dramas and Tsuburaya Staff had decided to use it in the movie. But there was a problem, GUNDAM SEED's Broadcast was decided after three months from the Actual Planned End of Ultraman Cosmos. Creating the series only was three months wasn't enough back in the days to fill up the story so they decided to cancel the TV Series.
Taiyo Sugiura's (Musashi Haruno / Ultraman Cosmos) Arrest which was False Charges also took place during the Actual Planned End of Ultraman Cosmos. With the incident, Tsuburaya Staff had decided to extend the Ultraman Cosmos TV Series by three months. This is also the reason why Ultraman Justice haven't appeared in TV Series because the decision was taken too late. Tsuburaya Staff had planned to make a movie instead to feature Ultraman Justice. This was called "Ultraman Cosmos Vs Ultraman Justice: THE FINAL BATTLE".
Natsuki Kato who had played Kamen Rider Femme had revealed that she was also offered the role of Female Ultraman but because of her role as Kamen Rider Femme (Ultraman Cosmos 2: BLUE PLANET & Kamen Rider Ryuki: EPISODE FINAL had premiered in the same month of the same year), Tsuburaya had decided to take back the offer. In the end, Kazue Fukishi (Ultraman Justice) became the subject the she was the First Woman to transform into Ultraman & on the other side Natsuki Kato became the subject that she was the First Woman to transform into Kamen Rider, both of which were in the same month of the same year.
Movie "ULTRAMAN 2 -REQUIEM-"
This movie was announced as a Sequel to the movie "ULTRAMAN" (2004 Film) and to have been premiere in 2005. The story was related to the incident Hanshin Awagi Earthquake which took place in Kobe City on January 17, 1995. The person who would transform into Ultraman was named Junpei Sawatari and he was a member of Ground Self Defense Force. The previous movie had characters related to Air Force but this time it was Ground Self Defense Force & the Police Organization. The Last Boss of the movie was supposed to be his Childhood Friend Ryo Yuzuhara who is a Photographer. Ryo Yuzuhara into a monster called Human Element. The other monsters to appear in this were Squirm Element, Spider Element and Hound Element.
But because of Poor Performance of ULTRAMAN (2004) and shortening of Ultraman Nexus TV Series Broadcast, ULTRA N PROJECT ended up being a Big Failure. The Plan for ULTRAMAN 2 REQUIEM was taken down without any announcement. Later Ichiro Itano who was the CGI Motion Director for ULTRAMAN (2004) & Ultraman Nexus had announced in his talk show that the movie's production had been stopped.
The Script was written Keiichi Hasegawa and was supposed to be directed by Kazuya Konaka (Director of ULTRAMAN & Ultraman Nexus). The filming was announced to be done in Kobe City as a tie-up but since the movie was taken down, Tsuburaya Staff had decided to film "Ultraman Mebius & Ultraman Brothers" in Kobe.
Movie "Ultraman Mebius & Ultra Brothers 2"
After the good performance of "Ultraman Mebius & Ultraman Brothers" & TV Series "Ultraman Mebius", Tsuburaya had planned to do a sequel. This movie was planned to feature Kotaro Higashi / Ultraman Taro who didn't appear in the TV Series. The designs for Birdon & Tyrant, Script was complete but was taken down and decided to go with "Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers". In the Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers DVD Memorial Box, the replica script of "Ultraman Mebius & Ultra Brothers 2" exists as a Bonus Content.
Chaiyo Productions "PROJECT ULTRAMAN"
This was supposed to be an Unauthorized Ultraman work by Chaiyo Productions. The Series was supposed to feature three Ultraman → Ultraman Millenium, Ultraman Elite & Dark Ultraman. Mother of Ultra was also seen in the Trailer. Asian Actors were called as the Cast. The filming was finished but because Tsuburaya won the rights over Ultraman, Chaiyo Productions weren't been able to Broadcast "PROJECT ULTRAMAN". Some of the posters, materials & the trailer still exists on the Internet.
This will be the last List of Incomplete Ultraman Films & Series Article by Nihon Hero. Expect the next article after next 10 years. Wonder Nihon Hero still exists in the next decade.
Videos by Cast
Sougo Doing Push Ups During the Filming of Zi-O
Seiji Takaiwa Taking Break During Filming of Zi-O
Eitoku doing Push Ups during Filming of Zi-O