The popular Japanese franchise Gundam is set to be adapted into a live-action film for Netflix, as reported by IGN. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, best known for Kong: Skull Island, is on board for this partnership project between Netflix and Legendary Pictures. The two companies have previously collaborated on Enola Holmes and the TV series Pacific Rim: The Black and Lost in Space, among other productions.
NXonNetflix, the official Twitter account for “Netflix’s home of all things geek,” tweeted out a message that read “Grab your Mobile suits! Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been set to direct and produce Legendary’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Sunrise’s GUNDAM for Netflix” earlier today.
Few specific plot details are available, but there’s plenty of existing material on which to build a compelling narrative for audiences. Gundam first began in 1979 with the series Mobile Suit Gundam from creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, a future-set exploration of how humanity functions in space colonies and their battles against the residents of Earth with mobile robot suits. Gundam is one of the flagship properties of Japanese animation studio Sunrise. Since its debut more than forty years ago, the franchise has spawned numerous TV series and video games.
Famed comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan is attached to executive produce and pen the script for Netflix’s new adaptation, while Vogt-Roberts will also produce and Cale Boyter from Legendary will serve as an executive producer. Its release date has yet to be scheduled, but it will premiere on Netflix throughout the world aside from China, where it will be distributed by Legendary.
The success of previous Legendary productions like Pacific Rim are reason to expect that audiences will flock to big screens to see epic battles play out, and this highly-anticipated project is sure to attract a wide range of diehard fans of Gundam and help build a new mass of eager moviegoers.