Back in 2018 it was announced that Legendary Entertainment was developing a live-action Gundam movie based on the long-running anime franchise. At the time, it seemed like a logical property to go alongside their Godzilla and Pacific Rim movie franchises and now this week they have announced that the director of one of their MonsterVerse movies will also be taking the helm. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) is reportedly attached to direct the movie, but along with that news comes another surprise: the project will be heading to Netflix. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Variety, Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct and produce Gundam for Legendary and Netflix. The script is being penned by comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Saga) although it is unclear what specific source material they will be using as a starting point. Cale Boyter (Pacific Rim: Uprising, Pokemon Detective Pikachu) is producing along with Sunrise, the Japanese animation studio behind the Gundam series.
Vogt-Roberts’s first film, The Kings of Summer, was released back in 2013 and led to the gig directing Kong: Skull Island. Since then he has spent a long time developing a Metal Gear Solid movie for Sony but at this point it sounds like Gundam will actually happen first. It is surprising that Legendary would partner with Netflix on a movie that clearly seems intended for the big screen but Netflix has been developing a lot of live-action versions of beloved animated shows lately including Cowboy Bebop and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Are you looking forward to a live-action Gundam movie?