News I.G Plans Titan Rain CG Anime with Chevalier's Ubukata
posted on 2009-11-19 22:52 EST
The anime studio Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Blood: The Last Vampire, Kill Bill) has announced on Friday that it is working with the Singaporean production company Storm Lion Pictures (Yona Yona Penguin), writer Tow Ubukata (Le Chevalier d'Eon, Fafner, Heroic Age), and director Atsushi Takeuchi (Star Wars: The Clone Wars' "Lair of Grievous") on a 3D computer-animated feature film called Titan Rain. I.G President Mitsuhisa Ishikawa made the announcement at Anime Festival Asia's Animation Asia Conference 2009 in Singapore.
Ubukata and Storm Lion CEO Edmund Shern (Yoshitaka Amano's Mateki: The Magic Flute) co-created the story of Titan Rain. While I.G has revealed few details about the story, Takeuchi noted that "in order to survive in today's complexed society, the human race needs to be strong. Facing the harsh reality of life is one of the main themes of this project and I'm truly excited to be able to present this in the form of an anime to the world."
Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki will design the characters and concepts in Titan Rain. Bear McCreary, the composer of Battlestar Galactica, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Caprica, and Eureka, will write the music. Takeuchi served as a mechanical designer on Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed, and several other anime titles before becoming the first Japanese director on Lucasfilm Animation's Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series.
The companies plan to start pre-production work in 2010 with an eye towards an international theatrical release in early 2012.
Storm Lion had previously licensed the feature film rights for its Freedom Formula: Ghost of the Wasteland project to the Hollywood studio New Regency. New Regency is developing the project with producer Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns) and writer Mike Finch (Robert Rodriguez's remake of Predators).