Gundam is about to make the jump to live action in a big way — Legendary Pictures is working on a feature film version of Sunrise's incredibly popular mech suit anime for Netflix, set to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (best known for his work on Kong: Skull Island.)
Famed comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan ("Y: The Last Man") is writing the screenplay and will executive produce. Legendary's Cale Boyter is overseeing the project, along with Sunrise — the Japanese animation studio behind the "Gundam" franchise. Legendary will distribute the film theatrically in China.
There is no word on what the story will be for the film, but there certainly is a wealth of material to choose from. First launched in 1979 as a TV series from Yoshiyuki Tomino, "Mobile Suit Gundam" initially struggled to gain an audience, but grew in popularity through the 1980s due to a wide proliferation of adaptations across animated feature films, novels, manga, toys, models and video games.
The original series is set in the distant future in what is known as the Universal Century, as human colonies in space fight for independence from Earth. The battles are fought largely through giant robots called Mobile Suits, and helped to popularize the wider genre of mecha anime.