GAIKING is coming and he means serious fucking business. There was an attempted to kick this anime in to live action in 2010 first as a 7 minute short added on to a Heavy Metal film from David Fincher, then it was turned in to a full blown film… that eventually also fell through. But now Hollywood powerhouse Gale Anne Hurd of Valhalla Entertainment is behind the reigns. And she is a uber geek that can make shit happen. She’s been behind such “small art house productions” such as TERMINATOR, ALIENS, Armageddon and is currently rocking the hell out of The Walking Dead.
Perhaps due to the massive hype around Pacific Rim, now… she wants super robots. And if her record is any indication… she will have them! Hit the jump for the full press release.
Gale Anne Hurdâ€™s Valhalla Entertainment (â€œThe Walking Deadâ€) and Toei Animation have teamed with All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW) to develop Toeiâ€™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.
â€œIâ€™m extremely excited to be working on GAIKING,â€ said Hurd, â€œwhich marks a huge step forward in adapting one of the best Japanese [intellectual properties] for a global audience.â€
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. ANEWâ€™s creative partners include a broad spectrum of the leading media and entertainment companies in Japan.
â€œANEWâ€™s mission is to bring the highest quality Japanese stories to a global audience in partnership with world-class producers,â€ said Climan, â€œI am thrilled that ANEW is joining with Toei Animation and Valhalla Entertainment in developing this landmark property into a major motion picture.â€
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 itâ€™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.
â€œGaiking 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 Toeiâ€™s large stable of IPs,â€ 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.