Live Action Gaiking Movie Adaptation

A Hollywood treatment of the classic super robot anime Gaiking was recently announced at the Tokyo International Anime Fair. From the trailer, it looks like this classic super robot show will be getting a very gritty treatment and will feature current generation movie CGI. Gaiking is probably more known outside Japan as part of the Force Five series which also included other famous super robots such as Dangard Ace (Planetary Robot Dangard Ace) Starvengers (Getter Robo G) Grandizer (UFO Robot Grendizer) Spaceketeers (Starzinger). Take a look at the awesome trailer, along with the original Gaiking OP so you can compare and contrast the differences after the jump:

Original Gaiking opening from the 1970’s:

And its sequel Gaiking Legend of Daiku-Maryu from 2005:

Also, an interesting tidbit coming from Sankaku Complex:

The adaptation will be headed by Jules Urbach and directed by Matthew Gratzner, both of whom are big names in the CG industry in Hollywood, with Jules handling the effects in the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and Matthew being involved with “The Dark Knight” and “Iron Man“, to name but a few.

Both promised that the movie will return to its anime roots for the storyline, possibly a jab at a certain transforming robot movie adaptation that heavily relies on CG animation and little else.

Looks like there’s a good team behind this, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for this one.

[via: Sankaku Complex]