There's a Live-Action Shogun Warriors Movie in the Works?
This is a bit of an odd news story, but interesting nonetheless. The Shogun Warriors were a line of toys, licensed by Mattel in the late 1970s, that consisted of a series of imported Japanese robots based on popular giant robot anime shows. Ain't It Cool News is reporting that a live-action version is in now the works, but it's hard to figure out what exactly is going on, since their article is more of a story about the interview that first got them this scoop. Apparently they were talking with Jules Urbach, the founder of LightStage (the company that scanned Brad Pitt for Benjamin Button) when they learned about a project about Gaiking.
Gaiking is one of the super robots from the Shogun Warriors series that is getting his own feature film. "We are building the robots life size. Matt is one of the last great practical effects guys in the business who can pull this off," Urbach said in an e-mail. They made a CGI test that you can see on AICN, which is where that photo of Gaiking above comes from. Apparently Urbach was originally working on a 7-minute short version of Shogun Warriors that was going to end up in David Fincher's Heavy Metal ensemble project. Eventually he acquired the rights to multiple characters and decided to make a feature length Gaiking movie instead.
Apparently all development is focused on Gaiking at the moment, but Urbach said at one point that "we'll have more Shogun Warriors than ever appeared in the Marvel Comics." Urbach also took advice from David Fincher to heart: "make sure to tell a great story, above and beyond what[ever] great tech they use for the robots." As long as they continue down that path and spend plenty of time dedicated to pulling off great CGI (or building actual real-life giant robots), then I'm sure we'll have a good movie in the end. That's all I can really get from AICN's article for now, but it sounds like it's coming, so if you're interested, just hold tight!