Netflix Is Making A Live-action Gundam Movie, Directed By Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Legendary Pictures is developing a feature film adaptation of Sunrise's wildly successful mech suit anime for Netflix, which will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (best known for his work on Kong: Skull Island.)
Legendary Entertainment and Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts are collaborating on a live-action Gundam film that will premiere on Netflix exclusively.
Legendary first revealed its collaboration with Sunrise on a live-action Gundam film in 2018, but today's news doesn't reveal anything about the forthcoming movie, which currently only has a working title. Netflix hasn't revealed much details on who could be cast or the story (or even whether the film would be based on any of the hundreds of different anime arcs, episodes, or films that already exist in Sunrise's franchise). Brian K. Vaughan is also a writer and executive producer on the film.
At this time, there are few details about the project, which is known as GUNDAM. The script is being written by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Runaways), who will also serve as an executive producer. The film will be available to watch on Netflix worldwide, with the exception of China, where Legendary will distribute it. The film is yet to be given a release date. Cale Boyter, a representative of Legendary and the original Gundam studio, Sunrise, will oversee the project. Jason Young, who directed the Netflix original film, will also be in charge of the production.
Netflix is keeping quiet about the story of the film. It is unknown if Vogt-Roberts' film will be set in the Universal Century. Fans should predict massive battles as the armies of the space colonies fight a freedom war against those left on Earth if Vogt-Roberts and Legendary take direct inspiration from the film. In the coming months, more information about the story of the film is likely to be announced.
The project appears to be a near-perfect match of subject, studio, and director: Legendary has already created both Pacific Rim films (which are exclusively based on massive mecha battles) and the Godzilla/King Kong “Monsterverse” films (most recently capped off by Godzilla vs. Kong, which also features a giant mecha.) And Vogt-Roberts is no stranger to massive wars, having previously directed Legendary's Kong: Skull Island.
The forthcoming Gundam film isn't Netflix's first live-action adaptation of a famous Sunrise anime: the streaming service is already planning on a live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop starring John Cho, which may debut this year.
Plus, according to Deadline, Netflix was ready to purchase Godzilla vs Kong for $200 million, but WarnerMedia blocked the deal. There are less scenarios likely to arise because Netflix has no big theatrical ambitions for the bulk of its films, and Legendary will entirely release the film in China on its own. It's an easy choice for Vogt-Roberts, who regularly tweets about different Gundam assets.
Yoshiyuki Tomino produced the first Gundam series, Mobile Suit Gundam, which debuted in 1979. Sunrise and its developers have since published a slew of spinoffs, including Gundam SEED, which is this writer's personal favorite. Bandai's most famous models and figurines are still Gundams, and a life-size Unicorn Gundam stands tall in Tokyo.
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