Live-Action Gundam Movie Coming From Kong: Skull Island Director and Saga Scribe

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A long-standing pillar of anime and Japanese pop culture at large, Mobile Suit Gundam is officially getting a Hollywood live-action adaptation from Legendary Entertainment and Netflix.

The project, simply known under working title “GUNDAM” is set to be directed by Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (who is also helming the upcoming Metal Gear Solid film), with Y: The Last Man and Saga scribe Brian K. Vaughan on board as writer and executive producer. 

Additional details for the film are sparse, but it is known that Cale Boyter is involved to oversee the project under Legendary, as well as Sunrise, the studio behind the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime.

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Jason Young, Director of Original Films at Netflix, will also be involved to oversee the film. Plot details, which Gundam series/canon the film will take place in (if any) and casting have yet to be released—as the project has only just been announced—but more details are expected soon.

This will not be the first time that Gundam has gotten a live-action adaptation—on top of the iconic RX-78-2 Gundam appearing in the climactic battle of Ready Player One, Canada and Japan also produced and released a television film known as G-Saviour back in 1999, which received mixed reviews.

Other than these adaptations, Legendary and Netflix’s GUNDAM will be the first big-budget studio adaptation, one that will hopefully be more faithful to the source material and form a new generation of Gundam fans. 

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The announcement of this adaptation is one of many live-action anime Netflix productions—including upcoming Cowboy Bebop and One Piece series and previously released movies like Death Note.

One other note here is that Vogt-Roberts, who brought themes similar to those found in Mobile Suit Gundam to Kong: Skull Island, is helming the project. And for those familiar with Brian K. Vaughan’s work, this might just be the perfect match.

A release date has yet to be announced for Netflix and Legendary’s GUNDAM project, but you can watch the series that started it all (and more!) right here on Funimation!

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