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.
By now I’m guessing you’ve watched the Pacific Rimtrailer a couple of dozen times. What!? You haven’t!? Have you got some catching up to do. I’ve watched it so many times were you to string the viewings of the trailer end to end you’d have a movie as long as The Hobbit! Okay, I’m exaggerating, but I’ve watched the Pacific Rim trailer a lot is what I’m getting at.
But I haven’t yet watched it, with commentary. Sitting down with MTV director Guillermo del Toro adds a fun commentary to the amazing trailer chocked full of giant monsters, giant robots, and giant Idris Elba. I mean, he will be, once you see him kickin’ ass on the big screen.
Pacific Rim opens July 12th next year. Here’s a synopsis for ya,
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes–a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)–who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
There’s just over half a year to go until the premiere of Guillermo del Toro‘s giant robot/monster fight movie, Pacific Rim on July 12th, 2013. The marketing powers that be within the production have started their “viral” marketing campaign with a series of blue prints, shaky found footage videos, and leaked classified government documents.
First off is something many late night television viewers are familiar with, the “This is only a test” emergency alert system. In the world of Pacific Rim however, these alerts are about Kaiju, huge monsters that wreck destruction Godzilla style. If you see one of these warnings you don’t just mute the TV.
There is also some found footage of a Kaiju monster attack giving us the first small glimpse at one of the monstrous creatures threatening mankind.
How do you fight creatures that size? With giant, human controlled robots of course!
This hand of mine is burning red! Its loud roar tells me to grasp victory! Erupting God Finger!!! So yeah, G Gundam was my favorite Gundam series since it mixed shonen and giant robots together, which eventually led to me start building Gundam models. I was more into the Super Deformed set since it was more cartoonish and at the local Asian mart, it was the cheapest set available. If I have one bad memory of building the Gundam kits were those annoying frames/part trees would sometimes snap under my chubby fingers and hurt me.
Well, it seems some people has found some use with those left over plastic parts and after 250 hours, they successfully built a RX-78-2 Gundam model (the one that Amuro Ray uses) that is about 10 ft. It’s very impressive that they built such a large Gundam out of those frames. Check after the jump for some more pics and imagine what you could built with left over parts.
You like giant super robots? Did ya like the Shogun Warriors? Did you also happen to remember Tranzor Z? If you say yes to at least the first two, then your in luck as it seems like Go Nagai (Mazinger series, Devil Man) and his company is busting out a new Mazinkaiser OVA. It’ll be titled Mazinkaiser SKL and not only will we get an anime out of it, but a manga and novelization of the new Mazinger’s adventure. In 2001, Mazinkaiser came out as a continuation of Mazinger Z/Great Mazinger in a seven episode anime series. It was a short, fun, full of action and yes, boobs filled series and I think the animation is still good today. If Mazinger Z-Hen is any indication to what this will be, then we may be getting a more gory and action filled giant robot series. No release date has been set. Meanwhile, check out this clip to see the kick ass debut of Mazinkaiser back in 2001
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.