Netflix ropes in ‘Kong: Skull Island’ director for live-action Gundam film

A live-action feature-film adaptation of the Gundam series is said to be in the works for Netflix with director Jordan Vogt Roberts roped in to direct.

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Netflix announced on Monday that director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“Kong: Skull Island”; 2017) would helm a live-action feature film adaptation of Japan-based studio Sunrise’s “Gandamu Shirīzu” (English: “Gundam Series”) series.

Comic-book and television writer Brian K. Vaughan (Marvel’s “Runaways”) will write the script, with Legendary Pictures reportedly producing the project and distributing it theatrically in China.

According to Netflix, the creative team behind Sunrise will be involved in the pre-production and production processes, along with Cale Boyter on behalf of Legendary. The streaming giant has revealed no further information on the film.

“Gandamu Shirīzu” was created by Yoshiyuki Tomino in 1979 and has since expanded into a multi-billion dollar multimedia franchise, having spawned televised anime and manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novelizations, among other things.

The original series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which overpopulation has led humanity to colonize off-world. A conflict erupts between the colonizers and the residents of Earth, leading to a war for autonomy, in which humans fight each battle using mobile suit robots they can pilot

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