Jordan Vogt-Roberts directs Netflix’s live-action Gundam film
It has been four years since the successful release of Kong: Skull Islandand now director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has finally found his next big project with Legendary. Vogt-Roberts has officially directed the studio’s first live-action feature film version Gundam for Netflix, which is based on the universe of Sunrise’s legendary Japanese robot franchise.
This is the latest collaboration between Legendary and Netflix. The two companies have already worked on films like the one from 2016 Spectral and last year Enola Holmes as well as shows like Lost in space and Pacific Rim: The Black. They are also currently working on the adaptation of the anime series by Skull Island and Tom Raider.
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The details of the plot for the Netflix movie are kept under wraps, but the original Gundam series takes place in Universal Century, an era when humanity’s growing population led people to migrate to space colonies. After all, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy and wage a war of independence against the people living on earth. The tragedies and discord resulting from this human conflict sensitively portray not only the maturation of the main character, but also the intentions of the enemies and those around them. The battles in the story, in which the characters control robots known as mobile suits, are extremely popular. The Gundam universe is replete with numerous storylines of love and conflict, as well as the popular Gundam battles in which the characters operate robotic suits known as mobile suits.
The live action Gundam The film is written by Brian K Vaughan. It is produced by Vogt-Roberts with Vaughan as executive producer. Legendary’s Cale Boyter will be overseeing the project along with the Sunrise creative team. The project was first announced at Anime Expo in 2018.
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The franchise was founded by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino and started the TV series with the title in 1979 Gundam mobile suit. The hugely popular mecha anime and sci-fi media franchise is Sunrise’s multi-billion dollar estate that has created a cross-platform universe that includes anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and televised novels, among others. Gundam continues to dominate Bandai Namco’s profits nearly forty years after its inception.