More Giant Robot Movies: Gale Anne Hurd's Gaiking
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More Giant Robot Movies: Gale Anne Hurd's Gaiking

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | December 19, 2012 | Comments ()


When comic book movies finally became respectable in the last decade, so that the list of quality movies based on comics actually exceeded the number of fingers you could use to flip someone off, there was the obvious question of when the same threshold would be reached for video game movies. That was not what occurred to me. What I wanted to know was when giant robot movies would reach that magical threshold.

My second experience with death was Optimus Prime. My fifth was Roy Fokker. The first, third, and fourth were dogs and a sibling because the universe is malicious and unfair. But the point is that while I might have read comic books or played video games, my thing that I was supposed to grow out of was giant robots. That never happened.

And so in the wake of del Toro's magnum opus of 300 foot tall robots fighting the bastard children of Godzilla and Cthulu, Gale Anne Hurd is turning her hand to the genre that no one wants to recognize as a genre (though psychologists probably have a technical term for it as a fetish). Yes one of the hands behind Terminator, Aliens, and Dante's Peak is entering the genre. Mecha-philes, this is our Batman Begins!

Here's the press release:

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 [intellectual properties] for a global audience."

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  • Fabius_Maximus

    Now if they'd do a Battletech movie, I'd be happy.

  • BWeaves

    I still don't understand why giant robots are shaped like humans. Why aren't they shaped like squid, or cows, or elephants, or snakes, or ants?

  • Optimus Rhyme

    I want this kaiju trend to give us a sequel to Attack The Block.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Is Grimlock in this one?

  • Blake

    THIS. Please.

  • Dragonchild

    Does this mean us nerds won the culture war? I remember when we were socially exiled just for LIKING this kinda stuff.

  • John W

    Gale Anne Hurd has a decent rack record so it should be good.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Wait, there's giant robot BOOBS in this?

  • zeke_the_pig

    Why are all these highly sophisticated, planet-saving robots being built to be so fucking impossible to pilot?

  • Dragonchild

    The implicit answer from stories that actually care to address these sorts of questions are the demands made on the specifications. The robot is built for an objective that the human race cannot afford to see fail, so making the thing ergonomic is a bit of a secondary concern. It's a valid question, whether it's easier to just find the right candidate among 7 billion humans or spend a little extra time on making the thing a little easier to use; but I do note the time limit is often deliberately constrained -- engineers aren't reading design feedback forms when an attack is underway. Besides, while "you're the only one who can" is a bit of an implausible cliche, I wouldn't put it past HR departments to tell protagonists this BS to avoid looking for someone a little more mature. Oh, and it'd make for less dramatic tension.

    For what it's worth, I remember one giant robot anime that actually handled this quite well. The first robot was alien technology so it was a miracle at all that a compatible human was found. However, the (friendly) aliens shared their technology with humans before the unfriendly aliens' main force arrived, so at the final battle they had deployed some second-gen models that any human could pilot.

  • Man of Stool

    (Somebody had to do this. I'm that somebody.)

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