Netflix said on Monday that it had put Kong: Skull Island Helmer Jordan Vogt-Roberts to lead live action Gundam, based on the iconic Japanese mecha franchise. The feature film originates from Legendary, which is being re-broadcasted with Vogt-Roberts from Skull island and pulls out of the box office success from its tentpole Godzilla vs. Kong.
Y: The last man Scribe Brian K. Vaughan is scripting for the project, which he’s also executive producer with Legendary’s Cale Boyter and the Japanese studio Sunrise behind the franchise. Vogt-Roberts also produces.
The plot of the film is kept under wraps, but the original franchise is set in the Universal Century, an era in which the growing population of humanity led people to migrate to space colonies. Eventually, the inhabitants of the colonies seek their autonomy and launch a war of independence against the inhabitants of Earth. The battles of the story are fought by the characters piloting robots known as mobile suits.
The original franchise was launched with the 1979 animated series Gundam mobile suit, considered the pioneer of the giant mecha robot genre, created by Sunrise and Yoshiyuki Tomino. It has boosted many of Bandai Namco’s popular TV series novels, manga, video games, and plastic model kits.