The long obscured live-action Mobile Suit Gundam film lands its director with Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the man behind Kong: Skull Island of Legendary’s Monsterverse film franchise.
Legendary Pictures and Gundam’s home anime studio Sunrise will be coproducing the film to exclusively stream on Netflix internationally, with the exception of China, where Legendary will head distribution.
Y: The Last Man and Runaways scribe Brian K. Vaughan is still set to write the screenplay and will also act as an executive producer. Legendary’s Cale Boyter is overseeing the project alongside Sunrise. Currently, there have been no announcements for the story, casting or a release date for the film.
Presently, Sunrise is focusing on releasing the first in a trilogy of anime films, Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway’s Flash, or Hathaway scheduled for a May 7, 2021 release date in Japan. 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, published by Kadokawa’s Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko-imprint.
The film project serves as the second entry in Sunrise’s U.C. NexT 0100 Project following Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative. The first entry of the trilogy was initially set for a July 23, 2020 release date, but was delayed due to coronavirus COVID-19.
Gundam’s first official foray into a live-action installment was the 1999 G-Saviour, produced by Sunrise and Canadian studio Polestar Entertainment. The television film was intended to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the long running franchise.
A live-action Gundam series titled Gundam Build Real is currently streaming on the official Gundam YouTube channel, “Gundam Channel”. Helmed by Katsuyuki Motohiro, Gundam Build Real focuses on high school students in a coming-of-age ensemble drama revolving around gunpla battling.