GAIKING Set For Live-Action Adaptation

GAIKING Set For Live-Action Adaptation

The giant mecha series Gaiking will be the latest Asian anime to be developed for Western audiences. Continue on to read the press release in full and see some conceptual CGI footage. Is this the start of a growing trend of anime adaptations, mecha or both?

There are quite a few anime and manga live action projects setup across various Hollywood studios. There's Bleach, Voltron, Afro Samurai, Gigantor, an on-again/off-again Akira adaptation and a Noir television show that are simply the first projects that come to mind. Adding to that list is Gaiking which will be developed by producer Gale Anne Hurd and Valhalla Pictures. This will also add to the growing number of mecha projects following in the footsteps of the Transformers franchise and Guillermo del Toro's upcoming Pacific Rim feature.


LOS ANGELES – December 18, 2012 – Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment (“The Walking Dead”) and Toei Animation have teamed with All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW) to develop Toei’s iconic anime property GAIKING. This marks a new push for Toei into the U.S. marketplace and the first development deal for ANEW.

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.

“I’m extremely excited to be working on GAIKING,” said Hurd, “which marks a huge step forward in adapting one of the best Japanese IP for a global audience.”

Valhalla Entertainment recently announced their USA Network pilot HORIZON for Universal Cable Productions. Additional projects on their development slate include THUNDER ROAD for Discovery Channel, RECONSTRUCTION at The History Channel, JANE WAYNE with USA Network,11th COMMANDMENT with NBC, and AREA 51 at AMC.

On the feature side, Gale Anne Hurd executive produced the upcoming Sundance Premiere film, VERY GOOD GIRLS, and is moving forward on the action/thriller THE NAMELESS with Route One. Hurd is also known for her sci-fi blockbusters THE TERMINATOR 1 & 2, ALIENS, ARMAGEDDON,and THE INCREDIBLE HULK.

ANEW, led by CEO Sandy Climan, is dedicated to partnering with Japanese underlying rights holders to develop creative content, including films, books, toys, animation, and Manga, into global English language motion pictures and television. It has an initial capitalization of $80M from the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), a public-private investment fund affiliated with the Japanese government. ANEW’s creative partners include a broad spectrum of the leading media and entertainment companies in Japan.

“ANEW’s mission is to bring the highest quality Japanese stories to a global audience in partnership with world-class producers,” said Climan, “I am thrilled that ANEW is joining with Toei Animation and Valhalla Entertainment in developing this landmark property into a major motion picture.”

Toei Animation is the largest animation production company in Japan and is responsible for thousands of hours of programming, including DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK, which is being remade as a 3D CG animated feature film. Since it’s founding in 1956, Toei has produced more than 10,000 episodes of TV (191 titles) and over 200 animated feature films. Toei Animation is the original rights holder of the underlying GAIKING IP and a Co-Producer with Valhalla Entertainment.

“Gaiking has long been one of the most beloved giant robot animation franchises with a global fan base. We are very excited to be partnering with Valhalla Entertainment and ANEW to bring this title to a worldwide audience as a live-action feature film, which we hope to be the first of many more to come from Toei’s large stable of IPs,” said Yoshi Ikezawa of Toei Animation.

Gale Anne Hurd will serve as lead producer on the project. Yoshi Ikezawa of Toei Animation and Joseph Chou will also serve as producers. Sandy Climan, Tim Kwok, and Kozo Morishita of Toei Animation are executive producing. Kris Henigman, Director of Development at Valhalla, will oversee development for the company in association with Annmarie Bailey, Vice President of Creative Affairs for ANEW.

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mk - 12/18/2012, 6:03 PM
dang mech films coming.. i think gundam movie would be neat
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 12/18/2012, 6:19 PM
neon evangelion
DioFoRio - 12/18/2012, 6:38 PM
hope they do a standalone Twiki movie. Bittybittybitty
FightAs0ne - 12/18/2012, 6:48 PM
Give me Gurren Lagann and then we'll talk.
MarkJulian - 12/18/2012, 6:51 PM
^^^^ Now there's a man with a plan.
MarkJulian - 12/18/2012, 6:52 PM
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thewolfx - 12/18/2012, 6:53 PM
Um this is all well and good but uhh...

ManofSteel23 - 12/18/2012, 6:56 PM
so this is it,is it? the ERA OF THE GIANT ROBOTS!
Jimdlux - 12/18/2012, 6:58 PM
Seen this over a year ago...
souhunter - 12/18/2012, 6:59 PM
Zoids movie or ells
Jaspion - 12/18/2012, 7:03 PM
So, just to check... it's gai.. king?
HavocPrime - 12/18/2012, 7:06 PM
Gundam movie next please :)
mk - 12/18/2012, 7:11 PM
gurren lagann would be cool so as evangelion.. i think evangelion would be easier to do just like in pacific rim
AztecRainGod - 12/18/2012, 7:22 PM
Haha, you guys said "Gay-King" !

I heard they were thinking about calling it "Gay-Lord" but that was taken.

AztecRainGod - 12/18/2012, 7:23 PM
I stil think Voltron could potentially PWN this genre if they ever decide to do it.
SCURVYDOG619 - 12/18/2012, 7:26 PM
And meanwhile,Tobey Maguire's attempted Robotech adaptation is still in limbo...
biggcess - 12/18/2012, 7:36 PM
this is over 2 years old.
MarkJulian - 12/18/2012, 7:56 PM
Sometimes I'm very ,very dismayed at the reading comprehension skills I see around here.
DrainBamage - 12/18/2012, 7:56 PM
I've always thought Patlabor would translate well into a live action film.
drjjose - 12/18/2012, 8:00 PM
Koutetsu Jeeg would be nice
FightAs0ne - 12/18/2012, 8:03 PM
@mk I will admit when I saw Pacific Rim, I instantly thought of Evangelion. That's the main reason why I'm excited to see it.
ThatOneDude - 12/18/2012, 8:05 PM
Sweet! Now can I please have an epic Ultraman movie done right here in the USA?? That's all I want for Christmas..
thebearjew - 12/18/2012, 8:36 PM
looks like UNICRON
Inohaku - 12/18/2012, 8:49 PM
Awesome!!! Please also localize the Super Robot Wars games with japanese giant robots!!! :)
gaikinger - 12/18/2012, 8:55 PM
616 - 12/18/2012, 8:59 PM
DioFoRio - 12/18/2012, 9:32 PM
@Kamen..LOL...I would see that shit too!! Saw Erin Grey and the Gerard(?) at a convention a few years back..They both looked damn good. Hope I look that good in my late 50's( I'd still do her)
word1one - 12/18/2012, 10:08 PM
That footage is super old. They tried and it didn't happen. #Debunk
marcvader1 - 12/18/2012, 11:11 PM
Robotech please.
amxt - 12/19/2012, 12:04 AM
Looking forward to it ... now for about 3 years... I'll believe it when I see it. This was supposed to come out in 2012 according to the posting years ago with that "test footage".
azn197 - 12/19/2012, 2:54 AM
I know this freaking clip is like 3 years old like everyone else says yeesh
SaxoWolf - 12/19/2012, 3:11 AM
just what we need, more robots fighting.

MarkJulian - 12/19/2012, 3:25 AM
Yes, they tried before. Now they have a proven producer behind the project. Do people just look at picture and the headline and not read?
MarkJulian - 12/19/2012, 3:26 AM
Yes, they tried before. Now they have a proven producer behind the project. Do people just look at pictures and the headline and not read the entire article?

RaleighAntrobus - 12/19/2012, 3:44 AM
@MarkJulian - I don't think anyone really cares. This will be more junk food cinema for the masses. Most of the articles you create/report are lame anyway...
Markus316 - 12/19/2012, 5:04 AM
Oh I remember watching this show as a kid. Bring on Grendizer too. :D
CROVL - 12/19/2012, 6:28 AM
With the impending success of Pacific Rim, I think we can expect to see a whole bunch of these quality Japanese anime/manga films coming along, kinda of like the CBM craze. Once Hollywood recognizes the money-making potential, standby...

What I want to see live action (done correctly:

Bubblegum Crisis
Afro Samurai
Fist of the North Star
Ninja Scroll
MisterBabadook - 12/19/2012, 9:07 AM
I want a
Neon Genesis Evangelion from weta
Gundam 0083
Code Geass.

Guyver was done right: Guyver2 starring David Hayter!
NathimusPrime - 12/19/2012, 9:44 AM
as far as mecha goes id like to see eureka7
Fracture - 12/19/2012, 11:17 AM
Five Star Stories
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