Valhalla Entertainment, which is behind The Walking Dead and is headed by Gale Anne Hurd, is working alongside All Nippon Entertainment Works on developing a live action film adaptation of Toei Animation’s giant robot anime. Gaiking aired in Japan in the late 1970s and eventually gained popularity in the US.
This was just announced very recently so there are no news at this point in time regarding a screenwriter for the project. Hurd will be the lead producer, of course, and executives of the companies that are involved in the project will also be part of the production team. More information will follow in the next few weeks, I’m sure.
Serious question: when will the world tire of giant robots beating the shit out of each other? Oh, never. Cool.
The full press release is after the jump.
So last week, here on NerdBastards, we reported on how Toei was working on two CGI remakes of Captain Harlock and Gaiking. As reported, it will indeed be Light Stage, the fine folks that worked on Avatar and Benjamin Button, will be working on the Gaiking project. After the Tokyo Animation Fair, we learned that what was suppose to be a show will now be a full length CGI/Live Action film and apperently Ain’t It Cool News got some more info about the project as well. They report that all this will now somehow lead to a Shogun Warriors movie. Shogun Warriors was Mattel’s line of Giant Robot toys based on anime from Japan from the 70’s (which also included Godzilla, the King of Monsters) and also a Marvel Comic line came out of it as well. Shogun Warriors consisted of Gaiking as mention above, Getter Dragon (Dragun in SW), Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger and more.
Now I’m all for a Giant Robot movie since I love them growing up and have watched a few of the Japanese anime as well as played Super Robot Wars games because of this. The big news is that they will be building life size modes of the Robots for the movie in order to make scenes more realistic as it can be. Japan has recently last year built a life size Gigantor and Gundam statue and it was awesome but to see a life size Mazinger Z would literally be orgasmic to me. What do you guys think, any of ya’ll interested in a Shogun Warriors movie or is Giant Super Robots something of the past. One last thing, the treat we get is that two images that we posted last week, well, the footage the images are from has been released as a teaser trailer and check after the jump for it.
Early this week, Toei announced that they will be releasing all new CGI versions of Capatain Harlock and Gaiking, two classic Animes from the 70s, that will be released worldwide at around 2012. Just recently they have released a few images for the two upcoming CGI projects and boy do they not disappoint. Harlock just looks bad ass and the image of Gaiking just makes the little boy that love giant robots inside me dance. We also learned that staff and works that worked on Mobile Suit Gundam UC, Appleseed, and Ninja Scroll are working on Captain Harlock while Light Studio, who worked on Avatar, Spider-man 2-3, and Benjamin Button, is working on Gaiking. You know being an anime fan, I always thought CGI would be the future for anime since you still get that cartoon feeling but looking so damn awesome. Check after the jump for more images. (more…)