Netflix has announced that they are working with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“Kong: Skull Island”) to produce Legendary’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Sunrise’s GUNDAM. The script will be written by Brian K. Vaughan (“Marvel’s Runaways”) but is currently being kept under wraps.
“GUNDAM” is an incredibly popular Mecha anime series which was created in 1979 and has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. Gundam continues to dominate Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception.
The original Gundam series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy, and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Through the tragedies and discord arising from this human conflict, not only the maturation of the main character, but also the intentions of enemies and the surrounding people are sensitively depicted. The battles in the story, in which the characters pilot robots known as mobile suits, are wildly popular. The Gundam universe is replete with numerous story lines of love and conflict along with the popular Gundam battles, in which the characters operate robot suits called Mobile Suits.