Legendary has dropped the first official concept art for Netflix’s forthcoming live-action Gundam film, which hails from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The Gundam concept art, which you can check out below, features a classic RX-78-2 robot in flames teasing a faithful design inspired by the original 1979 anime. It also gives us our first look at Kong: Skull Island filmmaker’s epic vision for the project.
It’s Gundam like you’ve never seen before. Here’s a first look at concept art from Kong: Skull Island director, @VogtRoberts’s upcoming live action Gundam film. #GundamMovie pic.twitter.com/K651o4iSXd
— Legendary (@Legendary) November 9, 2021
The live-action Gundam film will directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, which marks his directing comeback since 2017’s Kong: Island. It will be written by Brian K Vaughan, based on the universe of Sunrise’s iconic Japanese robot franchise.
Plot details for the Netflix film are being kept under wraps but 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 battles in the story, in which the characters pilot robots known as mobile suits, are wildly popular. The Gundam universe is replete with numerous storylines of love and conflict along with the popular Gundam battles, in which the characters operate robot suits called Mobile Suits.
The film adaptation will be produced by Vogt-Roberts with Vaughan set as executive producer. Legendary’s Cale Boyter will oversee the project along with the Sunrise creative team. The project was actually first announced in 2018 at the Anime Expo.
This marks Legendary and Netflix’s latest collaboration together, the two companies previously worked on films such as 2016’s Spectral and last year’s Enola Holmes as well as shows like Lost in Space and Pacific Rim: The Black. They are also currently working on the anime series adaptation of Skull Island and Tom Raider.
Created by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino, the franchise first started in 1979 with the TV series titled Mobile Suit Gundam. The massively popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise is Sunrise’s multi-billion-dollar property that has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. Gundam continues to dominate Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception.