After a Mobile Suit made a memorable appearance in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and hot on the heels of the property’s 40th anniversary, Deadline reports today that Legendary Entertainment is developing a live-action Gundam movie, with comic book creator Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) set to script.
As the site notes, this will be “the first live-action film based on the popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise created by Sunrise.”.
They add, “Next month marks the 40th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam, the mecha anime series that launched the Gundam success story as both a media and toy franchise.
That 1979 series, created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, was a middling success when first aired but then won over an impassioned fan following through reruns and a popular tie-in toy line.”.
In the original animated series, “In the war between the Earth Federation and Zeon, a young and inexperienced crew find themselves on a new spaceship.
Their best hope of making it through the conflict is the Gundam, a giant humanoid robot, and its gifted teenage pilot. »