A live-action Gundam movie is coming to Netflix and it will be helmed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The Kong: Skull Island director has been hired by Netflix to adapt the popular animated series. Check it out.
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.
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) April 12, 2021
A live-action Gundam has been in development since 2018, but now Netflix has put up the cash to make it a reality. Gundam has been around since 1979 and is set in the Universal Century. Human’s have emigrated to space colonies due to the over population of Earth. The people in those colonies eventually seek their autonomy ( a story beat we have seen many times since). Battles between Earth and its colonies is fought using giant mobile Gundam suits.
Legendary Pictures will partner with Sunrise for the adaptation. Brian K. Vaughan is screenwriter and will also exec produce with Cayle Boyter. Legendary of course made the Pacific Rim movies and there’s no doubt they were inspired by Gundam. Essentially, anything involving Humans driving giant mech suits took it’s inspiration from Gundam. So far there is no word on when production should begin, and as always with Netflix, no idea on a possible release date window.
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Gundam is a property given my age, I should have been a fan of. The problem was exposure. Where I grew up, we had no access to Gundam easily and as such I was only exposed to the franchise much later in life. But I can assure you that I would have been totally into Gundam if it was showing on TV in the U.K. back in the early 80’s.
Gundam has a massive and loyal fan base and has always been a regular at comic-con’s and other conventions for geeks since it’s inception. A lot of fans are suitably excited to see what a live-action Gundam looks and feels like. This could be a massive win for Netflix if the movie can create enough interest to spawn a franchise. What about you, are you excited to see a live-action Gundam movie? Leave any thoughts you have below.