After the disappointing box office performance of the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, it seemed like it might be a while before Hollywood attempted to adapt any more well-known manga or anime properties for the big screen. That being said, we still have the Alita: Battle Angel movie coming out later this year while Akira, Robotech and Voltron movies supposedly remain in active development. Now this week we have another one to add to the list and it’s a big one: a live-action Gundam movie is in the works at Legendary Entertainment. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to THR, Legendary Entertainment has announced that they will co-produce a feature film based on the popular anime property Gundam with Japanese animation studio Sunrise. The original animated series Mobile Suit Gundam debuted in 1979 and has since spawned countless TV shows, animated features, manga, novels and video games. The show was the first to feature giant robots used as military weapons with soldiers piloting them and gave birth to the so-called “Real Robot” genre based somewhat on real-world science.
Cale Boyter (Pacific Rim: Uprising, Detective Pikachu) is on board to produce but the rest of the creative team has yet to be assembled. Obviously Legendary’s experience with the Pacific Rim series should help here, although I’m sure they are hoping to find greater success with a more recognizable brand name (particularly to international audiences). Are you looking forward to a live-action Gundam movie?