Official new concept art reveals a first look at shots from Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts for live-action Gundam.
A conceptual image of Legendary’s adaptation for Jordan Vogt-Roberts Gundam has been revealed. Gundam is based on the famous Japanese anime created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise in 1979, which spawned a revolution in TV shows, movies, books, manga, video games, and hugely popular model kits of Gundam suits. Gundams are basically robotic military suits, called mecha. They are piloted by humans, similar to those of Guillermo del Toro Pacific Rim, for an audience unfamiliar with the origins of the genre.
Vogt-Roberts began his directorial career with coming-of-age comedy Kings of summer with Nick Robinson, then switched to cheaper fares, taking on Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island, with Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson. From there, Vogt-Roberts signed on both the live-action adaptation of Gundam, as well as an adaptation of Solid metal gear, the popular video game series, which will star Oscar Isaac as Solid Snake.
Netflix and Legendary have now revealed a preview of concept art for Gundam, featuring the famous Gundam RX-78-2 costume, surrounded by flames and ready for action. While the image is a true-to-the-source look at the Gundam costume, there isn’t much to say in terms of the type of movie. Gundam will be. Vogt-Roberts has said in the past that he wanted this to be an accessible point for the franchise, which would allow new audiences to Gundam to catch up and get involved, opening the door to more exploration in the 40 decades of Gundam– related material. The film is scripted by Saga and Y: The last man author Bryan K. Vaughn, which should be a compelling sci-fi adventure considering his previous credits.
Probably the most famous North American appearance of the Gundam costume is that of Steven Spielberg Loan Player One in 2018. In this film, Daito takes the form of Mobile Suit Gundam to help defeat Ben Mendelsohn’s MechaGodzilla, showing a very polished live-action version of the costume in action. It’s an ‘Easter Egg’ style scene, but one that fans quickly applauded, and probably a useful catalyst to get the action going live. Gundam film lit green.
Little is known about Vaughn and Vogt-Roberts’ approach to Gundam overall, it was also not revealed who the film’s cast might be. Presumably, that would be a bunch of young actors to play the roles of Newtypes, genetically modified humans, made to control costumes. Vogt-Roberts reportedly said: “… I want to create this movie and give them an access point where you can say, ‘This is where you start. This is your entry point.’ An origin story would certainly make sense in order to attract new viewers and with the live-action anime starting to make a push on the platform (See: This Month Cowboy Bebop), it could very well become a new home for this type of entertainment, be it for dyed in wool Gundam fans or newcomers.
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