Gundam is making the leap to live action in a big way – Legendary Pictures is working on a feature film version of Sunrise’s incredibly popular mech costume anime for Netflix, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (best known for his work on King: Skull Island.)
Legendary was first announced to work with Sunrise on live-action Gundam film in 2018, although today’s news does not shed too much light on the upcoming project, which has only one working title at this time. Netflix has not announced details on who may be cast, or what the action will be (or even whether the film will adapt any of the dozens of different anime bows, series, and movies already in Sunrise̵
Grab your cell phone suits! Jordan Vogt-Roberts is set to direct and produce Legendary’s first ever live-action game version of Sunrise’s GUNDAM for Netflix.
– NX (@NXOnNetflix) April 12, 2021
The project feels like an almost perfect mix of subject, studio and instructor: Legendary has already produced both Pacific Rim movies (focused exclusively on giant mecha battles) and Godzilla / King Kong “Monster Verse” (most recently limited by Godzilla vs. Kong, which also has a giant mecha.) And Vogt-Roberts is also no stranger to giant battles that have previously directed King: Skull Island to legendary.
The coming Gundam film is also not Netflix’s first live-action adaptation of a beloved Sunrise anime: the streaming service is already working on a live-action version of Cowboy Bebop starring John Cho, who could arrive as early as this year.