It's been five years since music-video director Bryan Barber made his jump to the big screen with the Outkast-starring speakeasy flick Idlewild. Since then, Barber has been plagued by projects like Wolverine not coming together and the writers' strike killing others. In an effort to make something happen for himself, the director decided to go a somewhat unorthodox route: He bought the rights to a property.
According to Deadline, that property is Gigantor, a Japanese cartoon from the 1950s about a boy and his remote-controlled robot that found an audience in the United States after being imported in the '60s. Barber bought the film rights, which include the merchandising and video game options, from Fred Ladd, a voice actor who brought Gigantor to America and still controls the property.
Barber describes his vision for the project like so: "There’s a film here that doesn’t take itself too seriously, with heart and visual effects, about a super weapon that falls into the hands of a kid who develops the confidence to use the robot to save the world.”
His next step will be to put together a sizzle reel, which is basically a trailer that showcases the filmmaker's vision for studios and potential investors. Once that's together, he'll start showing off the footage and trying to set up at a studio. Sure, we've seen a lot of big-robot movies lately, but one with a sense of humor (and not in the form of wacky parents), sounds like a good addition to the sub-genre.