Getter Robo (the original manga by Go Nagai & Ken Ishikawa) will be released as a live-action film to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2025.
The production of a proof-of-concept trailer begins now!
BIGONE Inc. (Headquarters: 6-11-18 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan / Representative: Junya Okabe) announces the production of a live-action film Getter Robo, based on the original manga series by Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa.
To raise funds for the production of a proof-of-concept trailer, focused on developing advanced visual effects techniques, the company is running a three-week Kickstarter campaign until May 1st, 2023.
■ Kickstarter： https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bigone-inc/live-action-getter-robo-trailer-short-film
■ “Getter Robo” Live-action film Official site : https://getterrobo.jp/en.html
■ BIGONE Inc. Official site : https://bigone.tokyo/
The Mother-of-all-Transforming-and-Merging-Giant-Robots Debuts as a Live-Action Film!
Getter Robo is the story of giant robots by Go Nagai & Ken Ishikawa written between 1974 and 1975.
It ran as a manga series on Weekly Shonen Sunday and also as a TV series on Fuji Television.
The pinnacle of Japanese giant robot stories, Getter Robo is credited with introducing the “combining forces” element to the genre.
While the TV series adopted a simple storyline of goodness prevailing over evil to appeal to a younger demographic, the original manga series by Ken Ishikawa had a more violent and harsh tone, which is celebrated by hardcore fans. The seminal masterpiece, appealing to a wide variety of anime and manga fans for many years will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2025.
The film will be written, produced, and directed by Junya Okabe, whose previous works include “Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends – The Movie,” “Cat Shit One,” “Brave Storm,” “ZvP (Zatoichi vs. Predator),” and many others.
◆ Previous works by Junya Okabe (extract):
・Cat Shit One (2010 / Creator & Producer)
*Winner of TCM Award 2010 Grand Prix
*Nominated for the Short Animation Section of the 9th VES Awards
・Brave Storm (2010 / Creator)
・ZvP (Zatoichi vs. Predator) (2010 / Creator)
*Winner – Best Director, “GOSH! FILM FESTIVAL 3rd Edition Awards”
Junya Okabe IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1001587/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
Our live-action film Getter Robo (based on the original manga series by Go Nagai ＆ Ken Ishikawa), will be action-packed, and set in a gritty, violent, modern world.
Investors in the project – with prospects for participating in the eventual feature-film production – are being accepted at this time.
Kickstarter Campaign for Proof-of-Concept Trailer
We are planning to release the feature film in theaters in 2025, in honor of Getter Robo’s 50th anniversary.
Realizing the unique look of the original manga will require many technically-challenging visual effects. To develop and test these effects properly, we are planning to produce a short, proof-of-concept film in collaboration with our team of talented artists at home and abroad.
On large-scale Hollywood films, such tests would be covered by a portion of the feature film budget. Japanese films, however, are much more modestly budgeted and require separate funding for such tests. With Getter Robo, our mission is to surpass all existing live-action adaptations of manga and anime produced in Japan, and these tests are a critical part of meeting that goal.
We are launching a Kickstarter campaign, and are humbly asking you, our fellow manga and Getter Robo fans, to help us bring this amazing series to the big screen!
The crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter is presently underway and will remain so for about three weeks – until Monday, May 1st (PST).
Rewards include exclusive online access to the proof-of-concept trailer prior to the general release, as well as access to the Making of Getter Robo documentary, and inclusion of the supporters’ names in the end credits.
Feature Film Outline of the live-action “Getter Robo”
■ Title: Getter Robo
■ Original Work: Go Nagai / Ken Ishikawa
■ Producer: Junya Okabe
■ Director: Junya Okabe
■ Screenplay: Junya Okabe in collaboration with screenwriters and manga artists
■ Screenplay Support: Yoshiaki Tabata
■ Photographer: Takumi Furuya
■ Mechanical Designer / Imageboard: Skan Srisuwan
■ Music and Sound Design: Michael Verta
■ Studio: BLAST Inc.
■ Production Company: BIGONE Inc.
■ Distributor: To be decided
■ Release: scheduled in Spring 2025
*Design, story direction and staff may change in the course of the trailer/short film production as necessary.