A live-action feature adaptation of hugely popular anime Gundam is heading to Netflix – and the streamer has chosen its director.
On board to direct and produce the film is Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who previously directed MonsterVerse film Kong: Skull Island and coming-of-age pic The Kings of Summer. Vogt-Roberts is also attached to direct the Metal Gear Solid movie to star Oscar Isaac.
“A tweet cannot begin to express how excited I am by this!” Vogt-Roberts posted on social media.
A tweet cannot begin to express how excited I am by this! https://t.co/Nl3vsdd8fl
— (((Jordan Vogt-Roberts))) (@VogtRoberts) April 12, 2021
Writing the screenplay for the Gundam film is Brian K. Vaughan, a long-time comic book and television writer whose screenwriting credits include Lost, Under the Dome and Runaways. He’s also behind long-awaited series Y: The Last Man, an upcoming series adaptation of the acclaimed comic book he co-created. Vaughan is attached to exec produce Gundam as well.
Created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Japanese animation studio Sunrise, the popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise was created in 1979 and has spawned televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, books, toys and other media. The original Gundam series is set in an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy, and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. The story includes epic battles in which the characters pilot robots known as Mobile Suits.
Here’s a look at the English-dubbed trailer for the franchise’s 2007-2009 anime series, Mobile Suit Gundam 00: