Legendary Announces A Live Action ‘Gundam’ Movie

Legendary Announces A Live Action ‘Gundam’ Movie
07 Jul


Legendary Pictures is bringing ‘Gundam’ to life on the big screen.  The almost 40-year-old anime, from studio Sunrise, launched in Japan in 1979 but didn’t invade the US and other western territories until 1994.  The franchise has led to many billions of dollars, hitting its peak in 1994 of $80 billion per year, $18 billion from toys and models. Sales of ‘Gundam’ models make up 90% of the plastic model market.  It has also led to several manga, TV series, movies and video games.  A ‘Gundam’ appeared in Steven Spielberg‘s ‘Ready Player One’.  The announcement of Legendary’s adaptation was made on Thursday at Anime Expo 2018.  Cale Boyter will oversee the project for Legendary along with the Sunrise team.

Not much information was given, but Legendary did issue this press release, which gives an idea of the film’s tone:

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 series is cited as one of the first “realistic” anime, as the mobile suits would malfunction at times, and run out of power and/or ammunition.

Unlike huge sentient robots (or ‘Transformers’), giant piloted mecha haven’t fared too well at the US box office.  2013’s ‘Pacific Rim’ was a disappointment at the domestic box office, but thanks to international success, spawned a sequel in 2018 which did even worse.  But ‘Gundam’ is an established brand with a massive global fan base so it could have a leg up on ‘Pacific Rim’ which was an original concept, albeit one that borrowed heavily from various sources, including ‘Gundam’.  Then again, the same could have been said for ‘Power Rangers’ and that didn’t go so well either.

Obviously, no production or release date was given and there doesn’t appear to be anyone attached on the creative side just yet.  But check back for updates as they emerge.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.



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