The “Walking Dead” producer wants to bring more mechs to movie theaters as she gains the rights to the 70’s Toei anime from the creator of “Devilman” and “Getter Robo,” Go Nagai. Could we really be looking at a big-budget movie featuring mutants, mechs, and also dino-mechs in the near future?
It’s all in the earliest stages, with Hurd teaming up with Toei and All Nippon films for a feature about an invasion of Earth and the super robots tasked with defending it. Currently, no writers or other talent is associated with the project.
The 70’s series saw aliens fleeing their planet to escape a collapsing black hole and targeting our planet as a new home–so we threw mechs at ’em. The series hero is Sanshiro Tsuwabuki, a baseball star drafted to pilot the titular mech thanks to his handy psychic powers.
“Gaiking” made its way to the U.S. in the 80’s and became part of the Shogun Warriors toy line. While maybe not as flashy as some of the later super robot series, it still has a legacy which has extended to a 2009 series remake and the first stirrings of a feature film back in 2010 under producers Jules Urbach and Matthew Gratzner. You can check out the teaser for that attempt below: