'Walking Dead' Producer Gets 'Gaiking' for More Robots vs. Monsters
by Ethan Anderton
December 19, 2012
If the first trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim didn't look like your kind of summer blockbuster jam featuring giant monsters versus giant robots, then we have some good news. A press release from Valhalla Entertainment and Gale Anne Hurd, the producer of Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon and "The Walking Dead" has pegged Hurd to produce a live-action feature film adaptation of Toei Animation's anime property Gaiking, one of the super robots from Shogun Warriors. We heard about this project back in March of 2010, but now it seems to be gaining traction, and we even have some cool visual effects test footage. Look!
Here's a first look at some CGI tests for the robot effects for Gaiking:
The press release says, "Gaiking 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." It doesn't sound terribly different from Pacific Rim other than using established characters from anime and a seemingly different method of controlling the robots." If Pacific Rim doesn't work out next summer, I'm not sure we'll see this project come to fruition, but if it does, you might see many more films like this in the form of Robotech, Gundam, Voltron and more. Interested?