Live Action GUNDAM Movie in the Works at Legendary Pictures

Gundam is one of the most popular sci-fi franchises in history, serving as a critical part of the mecha genre. It began in 1979 as the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam, before spawning more shows, manga, and even an appearance in Ready Player One. Now, the franchise is heading to the big screen for real.

Legendary Pictures has announced that it is collaborating with Sunrise on a live action Gundam movie. The news was revealed at Anime Expo 2018. No further details are known at this time. Check out the press release below, and stay tuned for more as we have it.

Los Angeles, CA – July 05, 2018 – Legendary and Sunrise announced today at Anime Expo 2018, plans to co-produce the first-ever live-action feature film version of Gundam, based on Sunrise’s massively popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise. The billion dollar property was created in 1979 and has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. Gundam continues to dominate master toy licensee Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception.

The original Gundam series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy, and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Through the tragedies and discord arising from this human conflict, not only the maturation of the main character, but also the intentions of enemies and the surrounding people are sensitively depicted. The battles in the story, in which the characters pilot robots known as mobile suits, are wildly popular.

The story for the live-action version of Gundam is being kept under wraps.

The project will be overseen by Cale Boyter on behalf of Legendary with the Sunrise creative team.

Legendary currently has three films in various phases of production including Skyscraper, coming to theaters on July 13; and both Godzilla: King of the Monsters and the live-action Detective Pikachu films both in post-production, with Godzilla vs. Kong in prep.

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