It looks like Netflix is continuing its reign over anime adaptations. Legendary Entertainment is tackling a live-action adaptation of Mobile Suit Gundam for the streaming service. Not just that, they’ve also attached Kong: Skull Island’s Jordan Vogt-Roberts to tackle the project. The project is currently under the working title GUNDAM and Brian K. Vaughan is adapting the screenplay. He will also act as an executive producer of the film. Legendary’s Cale Boyter will be overseeing the project and is also working with the original Gundam‘s studio, Sunrise.
Of course, Netflix isn’t revealing anything about the film’s upcoming plot. The franchise has an extensive library to pull from and may even be a completely original storyline. Gundam‘s conflict as space colonies fight over their independence is what grounds the show’s bombastic space fights. Vogt-Roberts is a perfect choice to bring that balance to life, as he tackled larger-than-life events before. It won’t be a cheap film to produce, as most of the series’ takes place with giant mechs fighting in the vacuum of space.
Netflix has been quite successful dipping its toe in the Anime industry. They have been working on a variety of other live-action adaptations, such as One Piece and Cowboy Bebop. The latter has already finished up production of its first season, as confirmed by Daniella Pineda on Social Media. The project was in development in 2017 and there is no sign of life for One Piece right now. There is a chance that Gundam might also be on the back burner, as Vogt-Roberts is also scheduled to film Oscar Isaac as Solid Snake in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. It’ll be interesting to see when the space opera film enters production.