Thursday, July 1, 2010
By Scott Tre
This bit of news is hardly new, but I came across this footage on a messageboard I frequent and I felt compelled to share it. The trailer below is apparently test footage for a live action adaptation of the super robot mecha anime series Demon Dragon of the Heavens Gaiking. Entitled simply Gaiking, the film will be helmed by American FX wizards Jules Urbach and Matthew Gratzner and released sometime in 2012. According to an e-mail received by Harry Knowles over at Ain't It Cool News, the effects in the finished film will be a combination of CGI and practical effercts. A life sized robot will be constructed and scanned by a computer, to achieve the desired illusion.
Though I don't even have a casual familiarity with the original property, I have always had a weakness for mecha-based anime that goes back to my childhood. There's something about people piloting giant robots and using them as weapons of war that really speaks to my sense of the fantastic. While nowhere near photo real, the FX in the clip below are more than serviceable enough to sustain a straight to DVD production or even big budget television series. Since this was conceived to give fans an idea of the basic concept, one can only imagine what the finished product will look like like. Kind of gives us an idea of what a live action Unicron could look like.
Here's the opening credits sequence from the show for the sake of comparison: