Gundam Creator Tomino, Hollywood's Legacy Effects to Make Film

posted on by Egan Loo
Yoshiyuki Tomino & EFX studio behind Pacific Rim, Avatar, Iron Man films

Gundam anime creator Yoshiyuki Tomino will be holding a January 21 press conference to announce the first project in the collaboration between his Ookaze no Okorusama company and Hollywood special effects studio Legacy Effects. The two companies are collaborating in the movie production business — specifically, “movies based on Japanese manga and animation from Hollywood to the world.”

In addition to the pioneering "real robot" anime franchise Gundam, Tomino also created the anime titles Muteki Chōjin Zambot 3, Muteki Kōjin Daitarn 3, Densetsu Kyojin Ideon, Aura Battler Dunbine, Brain Powered, Overman King Gainer, and more.

Legacy Effects is the current name of Stan Winston Studio, the company formed by the legendary special-effects supervisor Stan Winston (Terminator, Jurassic Park, Aliens franchises). Even after Winston passed away in 2008 and his partners renamed the company, the studio continued to work on such films as Avatar, The Avengers, The Hunger Games, Iron Man 3, and Pacific Rim.

Bandai President Kazunori Ueno confirmed last year that the "anticipated" latest work by Tomino will be unveiled "sometime between 2014 and 2015." Tomino has been drafting a robot project codenamed "G-Reko," and Kadokawa's Gundam Ace magazine reported in 2012 that "G-Reko" would be "entering full-fledged production."

Here is an example of Legacy Effects' work on the Conn Pod in Pacific Rim:

[Via Akba Sōken, Yaraon!]

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