If you have a Gundam live action movie, it is probably best to have a Monster Fresh director by your side. And that’s exactly what Netflix thinks while they have one Gundam movie is coming to their streaming app. They have recruited Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to bring this classic sci-fi anime to life.
Legendary Entertainment, home of the MonsterVerse, has partnered with Netflix for this exclusive edition Gundam blockbuster. For now, all further details about the film’s plot and cast are being kept secret. The working title is simple Gundam Y: The Last Man and Runaways writer Brian K. Vaughn is behind the screenplay and will serve as executive producer.
Gundam will stream on Netflix worldwide, except in China, where Legendary plans to open the movie on the big screen. No release date has been announced, but it’s possible it won’t premiere on Netflix until 2023, due to the backlog of 2020 movies that haven’t been released at this point. The legendary Cale Boyter will oversee the project alongside the original Gundam studio Sunrise.
The story takes place in the Universal Century, the same timeline as the anime. It is suspected that Netflix and Jordan Vogt-Roberts will take their influences straight from the show. Giant space battles are a guarantee, as armies of space colonies fight for independence against those still living on Earth. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is expected to share more about the film in the coming months as production ramps up.
Netflix has a solid anime catalog and fan base that subscribe to the streaming app for that reason alone. So this partnership makes sense. Netflix does not provide budget information at this time. The Gundam franchise has an active worldwide fan base, and the hope is that the film will bring in new subscribers worldwide for what is described as a Netflix event photo in the same vein as their upcoming thriller The gray man, which was the biggest movie the streamer has attempted at the time of production.
Mobile Suit Gundam was the first Gundam series premiered in 1979. It was created by Yoshiyuki Tomino, whose presence will no doubt be felt in the live action version coming our way. Since its inception, there has been a lot of interest in the series. And there have been a number of spin-offs over the decades. Bandai continues to achieve massive success with their line Gundam toys and models. This news comes from IGN.