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GAIKING pre-production teaser is the coolest thing you will see all day

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 12th, 2010

Unless you were born in the ‘70s, the title of this article may be leaving you scratching your head just a little bit.

Gaiking is a member of the Shogun Warriors, a collection of giant machines that were popularized in a series of manga books, a 20 issue Marvel comic, and anime television series during the 1970s, and also a toy line that was created and licensed by Mattel.

Just about a month ago, Ain’t It Cool News reported that a film based on the character was set to get put into production, and now it appears as though a short, pre-production teaser has hit the web, and it’s by far the most bad ass thing you will see today.

The film was originally set up by Jules Urbach as a seven minute short film attached to the upcoming David Fincher led take on HEAVY METAL, but now it has since moved to a new studio, and is set to get the feature length treatment with Matthew Gratzner at the helm.

The interesting thing about this project is that the film’s patriarch, Urbach, is a founder of Lightstage, the same company that was behind the rather brilliant 3D mapping effects that were on display in the 2008 film, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON.  This film will also use the Lightstage technology, and I must say, if this is any inclination as to what we will be getting in the full feature, we are in store for one hell of an awesome looking, action-packed film.  That said, according to AICN who also broke this trailer, the trailer simply uses a CG model, and not what is to be expected of the film, so this all may be an example of awesome marketing.

If anything, it puts this project on the tips of everyone’s tongue, and gives us some glorious 90 seconds of robotic awesomeness, so for that alone, I thank them.  Here’s to hoping the film is half as cool as this thing.


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