With Guillermo Del Toro’s giant robot vs. giant monster film Pacific Rim on its way to theaters, one of its most famous anchestors is now set to follow. Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, the team behind The Walking Dead, is teaming up with All Nippon Entertainment Works to develop a film of Toei Animation’s giant robot anime, Gaiking. The Japanese show ran in the late Seventies and eventually made its way into US pop culture as one of the Shogun Warriors. You can read about another attempt to make it into a film in 2010 here.

The film “follows a young man who is recruited to serve as the lead pilot for the Super Robot Gaiking. When Earth is threatened by an alien race intent on taking over the planet, he emerges as the only one who can pilot the massive robot. Together with his fellow co-pilots he must fight off the alien force in order to save mankind.” Check out the live action, concept art above and read more after the jump. Read More »

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Details Emerge About Gaiking Movie

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One month ago, Ain’t It Cool News broke an exclusive story about a new film based on Gaiking, a giant mech member of the Shogun Warriors. The Shogun Warriors were popularized via a number of manga and anime TV series during the 1970s, not to mention the legendary Japanese toy line that was licensed by Mattel. It was also the subject of a 20-issue series by Marvel Comics.

The Gaiking project was originally supposed to be a 7-minute short attached to Fincher’s Heavy Metal, but after that project moved to another studio, Jules Urbach took it and ran with it, and now it looks on track to be a full-blown feature film with Matthew Gratzner directing. Urbach was one of the founders of Lightstage, the company that developed the 3-D character mapping technology you saw in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Unsurprisingly, the Gaiking film will also use Lightstage. After the jump, see a teaser for the film and hear some more details, including possible release plans and what might happen with the title.
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