An event was held in Tokyo to celebrate the home video release of the Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash film to Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD. The event was attended by Sunrise Gundam producer Naohiro Ogata, comedian Teruyuki Tsuchida, and AKB48 member Yui Yokoyama.
During the event, producer Ogata gave an update to the production status and release window of the Hathaway film’s sequel. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions in Australia, the main setting of the next installment, director Shukou Murase has resorted to using flight simulators for location scouting.
Concerning the release window of the film, the producer in jest remarked, “The next Olympics…”. Tsuchida chuckled, “The Winter Olympics will be here soon”. Ogata continued, “It may not even be around Paris (2024 Summer Olympics). But it will be completed before the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles(laughs). That’s for sure.”, refraining from giving a direct answer.
As of June 2021, producer Naohiro Ogata confirmed the second installment was in production, tentatively titled, Sun of Bright (also read as “Son”). Producer Ogata addressed there would be changes from the novel’s 2nd volume as Yoshiyuki Tomino previously expressed his reservations to Ogata about adapting it. The story is said expand on rival Gundam pilot Lane Aim’s role in the film series and show more of Gigi Andalucia’s perspective.
First in a trilogy of anime films helmed by director Shukou Murase, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash or Hathaway is the official sequel to the 1988 Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack movie. The project was announced in November 2018 to celebrate the Gundam 40th anniversary, adapting the Yoshiyuki Tomino-penned novel series of the same name. The novels were originally released from 1989 to 1990, as a follow-up to Tomino’s Char’s Counterattack: Beltorchika’s Children novel, published by Kadokawa’s Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint.
Opening to Japanese theaters June 11 the Hathaway film has earned record box office sales with 2.2 billion yen in revenue, with over 1.07 million tickets sold, becoming the second highest grossing Gundam film. Hathaway sits behind the 1982 Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space as the highest grossing film in the Gundam franchise, which earned 2.3 billion yen in box office revenue.