Mamoru Oshii Developing a Live-Action Tetsujin 28 Movie
Anime and manga fans should be excited by this news. Anime News Network (via SlashFilm) is reporting that acclaimed Japanese director Mamoru Oshii (of Ghost in the Shell and The Sky Crawlers animes) is directing a live-action version of the Tetsujin 28-go manga. I'm guessing that most Americans don't know anything about Tetsujin 28-go, but it's one of the most popular and beloved mangas in Japanese history. The story is about a three-stories-tall giant remote controlled robot named Tetsujin 28 that also "inspired" the 1964 anime series Gigantor. Most people will probably recognize the Tetsujin 28 design seen above.
Imagi Animation, the studio behind TMNT and Astro Boy, is also developing a Gigantor CGI movie called T28 (which is a shortened version of the Tetsujin 28 title). You can see an early teaser trailer for that right here. As I mentioned earlier, Tetsujin 28 is very popular, and now we're going to see a live-action version, too. The ANN doesn't say much else about the project besides that Mamoru Oshii directed a stage version of Tetsujin 28 that featured a 1,100 pound, 20-foot-tall replica of the robot. And they unveiled a 59-foot-tall statue in Kobe, Japan earlier this year. I'd love to see him fighting live-action, it could be pretty awesome.
Tetsujin 28-go is a Japanese manga first published in 1956 written and illustrated by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, who also created Giant Robo. The series centred on the adventures of a young boy named Shotaro Kaneda, who controlled a giant robot named Tetsujin 28, built by his late father. I'm not too familiar with Tetsujin 28-go or Gigantor, but I am interested in seeing this project come together. I'm a big anime fan and I love the robot design and would love to see this as live-action. I'm just wondering if Oshii will get a big enough budget to actually make this look good? They've got a long way to go if they want to live up to ILM's robots.