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 »

Sleazy lawyers, nefarious CIA Cold War plots, and Scandinavian crime thrillers fill up today’s TV Bits. After the jump:

  • Run Lola Run and Bourne star Franka Potente goes nuts for American Horror Story
  • AMC is working on a Cold War-era Area 51 drama with Walking Dead producer Gale Ann Hurd
  • A&E will adapt the Danish crime drama Those Who Kill; Joe Carnahan will direct
  • Connie Britton gives a small update on that possible Friday Night Lights movie sequel
  • Vince Gilligan is making no promises about a Saul Goodman spinoff, wants to do a Western

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Today’s TV Bits starts on a bit of a downer, as Community‘s Chevy Chase and Dan Harmon bicker and Two and a Half Men‘s Lee Arohnson makes some obnoxious comments sure to piss people off. But don’t worry, there’s some sunnier stuff in here too. After the jump:

  • Are Chevy Chase’s days on Community numbered?
  • Two and Half Men co-creator bashes female-centric comedies
  • Starz releases the premiere of Magic City online for free
  • HBO drops a teaser for Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire
  • The Daily Show heads to the Democratic National Convention
  • A&E develops an adaptation of Rosario Dawson’s O.C.T.
  • A rundown of broadcast networks’ pilots for the 2012 season

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Gale Anne Hurd Producing ‘Area 51’ TV Show

Gale Anne Hurd, the producer who started her career with Roger Corman and whose resume includes The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon and The Walking Dead, is going to Area 51. Hurd’s company, Valhalla Entertainment, has optioned the Annie Jacobsen book Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base to develop as a TV series. Karl Gajdusek (Dead Like Me, the Nic Cage film Trespass, Oblivion) will script and act as showrunner. Read More »


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Brit writer Jeffrey Archer is having quite a month. Hot on the heels of last week’s story that Bourne producer Frank Marshall would be developing a spy movie franchise based on Archer’s novels A Matter of Honor and Honor Among Thieves comes news that another one of Archer’s books — The Eleventh Commandment — is being developed as a thriller television series by The Walking Dead producer Gale Ann Hurd. The story follows CIA assassin Connor Fitzgerald, who finds himself facing off against his own boss, agency chief Helen Dexter. Meanwhile, a ruthless Russian power is plotting to start World War III. Read more after the jump.

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The Terminator series is responsible for one of my best, and worst, film going memories. The good one was back in the Summer of 1991 when my parents picked me up at  camp and surprised me by driving to the Chester 6 Cinemas in Chester, New York for a matinee of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The surprise was awesome and the movie put it over the top. To this day, T2 remains a favorite.

The flip side to that memory was Terminator Salvation. Just the whole experience. Of course Terminator: Rise of the Machines was bad, but at least it didn’t completely forgo the tried and true Terminator formula while simultaneously bastardizing the films that came before it. As a huge Terminator fan, that was a blow.

So, when Gale Anne Hurd, who is currently producing The Walking Dead and produced the first three Terminator films, says that she’s love to do another one, my reaction is mixed. Read more of her comments and share your thoughts after the break. Read More »


If you were already excited for the brand new AMC show The Walking Dead, then this 17 minutes behind the scenes featurette might make your head explode. The show, executive produced by Frank Darabont, is based on a comic book series by Robert Kirkman about how a group of humans survive after a zombie apocalypse. The idea of an hour long, serious zombie show on cable is exciting on its own. Add Darabont to the mix and things get a bit cooler. But after you watch this video which discusses everything from the effects, production design, casting, screenwriting, location shooting and so much more? You’ll be salivating in anticipation of the 10 p.m. premiere on Halloween night. Hit the jump to check out the video about the show one person calls “the Twilight Zone of our generation.” Read More »

Today we finally got our first glimpse at Frank Darabont’s small screen adaptation of The Walking Dead at San Diego’s Comic-Con, and it’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect when you think Darabont-meets-zombies. Creator of the graphic novel Robert Kirkman hit the stage with Darabont, some key cast members — including leads Andrew Lincoln and Emma Bell — and producer Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator, Aliens) to chat about the six-episode series, and present the footage.

After the break, some thoughts on the footage, highlights on the panel, and news on how Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary will be involved with the series.

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John Moore to Direct Final Orbit

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John Moore will direct a big screen adaptation of the graphic novel Final Orbit, produced by Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator series, Aliens, The Incredible Hulk). Moore was an Irish commercial director who became a feature filmmaker with Behind Enemy Lines, Flight of the Phoenix, The Omen, and most recently Max Payne. The graphic novel, which was originally slated for release by Platinum Studios Comics in early 2009, still is unavailable.

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