Alphonse keeps vigil over Tokyo Bay in the upcoming live-action Patlabor project. It has been reported that Mamoru Oshii will be involved in the project, although there are no details as to what his role will be. Cast and crew members are as yet unannounced, but the visual effects will be handled by Omnibus Japan.
Below are some images of the actual Ingram unit in location around Tokyo bay. As far as the look of Ingram is concerned I think the filmmakers have done a fantastic job, right down to the truck that carries the mecha. The unit might not be able to perform moves, but its very physical presence allows for great lighting reference when re-creating the CG version. And good reference goes a long way.
The next big question on everyone’s mind now is of course the casting, which will make or break the show. Personally I’ve always thought Hiroshi Abe will make a fantastic Gotoh-san.
I’ve visited numerous Japanese forums to find out more information regarding the official casting, but there’s no news as yet. The comments on the forums however, are amusing to read – here are some reproduced in English :
“Gotoh’s casting is the most important !! We’ve mentioned this a thousand times !”
“Anyone dressed in that bright orange uniform is sure to look like cos-play. Just because we want to remain faithful to the original doesn’t mean we can’t change a thing or two.”
“Noa’s role should go to Goriki Ayama !”
“Goriki’s way too tall ! Noa is short.”
And so on.22