Valhalla Entertainment, Toei Animation partner on feature version of toon

Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment and Toei Animation are partnering with All Nippon Entertainment Works for a feature version of Toei’s “Gaiking” animated series.

“Gaiking,” which debuted in Japan in the mid 1970s, is centered on on young man recruited to serve as the lead pilot of a super robot to fend off an alien race intent on taking over Earth.

Hurd will be lead producer and Yoshi Ikezawa of Toei Animation and Joseph Chou will also produce. Toei, the largest animation production company in Japan, will co-produce; exec producers include ANEW CEO Sandy Climan, Tim Kwok and Kozo Morishita of Toei.

Hurd prioduced the first two “Terminator” movies, “Aliens” and “The Incredible Hulk” and exec produced upcoming Sundance title “Very Good Girls.”

It’s the first development deal for ANEW, which has been set up to partnering with Japanese rights holders to develop English language movies and TV via an initial capitalization of $80 million from the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.

Kris Henigman of Valhalla will oversee development with ANEW’s Annmarie Bailey.

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