It was announced Monday from Netflix that Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is set to direct and produce the live-action adaptation of Gundam, based on the classic Japanese mecha franchise. Legendary is reuniting with Vogt-Roberts for the feature film.
The writer behind Y: The Last Man, Brian K. Vaughan, is writing the script for the film, which he is also executive producing with Legendary’s Cale Boyter and Sunrise, the Japanese studio that created the franchise.
The storyline for the film is being kept on the hush-hush; the original anime series is set in the Universal Century, a time when humanity’s increasing population has caused people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the colonies’ people demand democracy and wage an emancipation war against the people on Earth. In the story, the battles are waged by characters piloting robots known as mobile suits.
Mobile Suit Gundam, which debuted in 1979 as a TV series from Yoshiyuki Tomino, however, the series failed to find an audience at first but rose to popularity in the 1980s thanks to a slew of adaptations in animated feature films, books, comics, manga, toys, models, and video games.
Vogt-Roberts has been hard at work on a Sony Pictures adaptation of the popular video game Metal Gear Solid. Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens) is set to star in the film, about a militant organization that steals a sophisticated tank, and an elite soldier named Solid Snake is sent to recover it.