Since 1979, the Gundam series has been one of the biggest, most profound animes of all time. Spanning across every source of media from televised anime, manga, toys, video games, and animated film, Gundam has become a billion dollar IP, over the course of its illustrious existence. The one thing it hasn’t become is a live-action movie. Legendary Pictures and Sunrise were obliged to change that.
Taking the stage during Anime Expo 2018, in LA, Sunrise and Legendary Pictures dropped a bombshell on the first day. The two have come to terms and a Gundam movie is now in the works!
While this is exciting news, to be sure, both sides are being very coy on the details of the project, but it’s easy to assume that this first film will tackle Mobile Suit Gundam, the pioneer of the Gundam franchise. Moreover, they included this description of the original Gundam that all but reinforces this idea.
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.
Cale Boyter of Legendary Pictures is set to oversee the project with the Sunrise creative team.
It’s possible that there will be those that find this news to be troubling, as the purists of the world tend to be, but it’s hard to say one way or another if this film will be good. Legendary Pictures has a reputation of creating good, quality movies with effects that will blow your mind. Just look at the Godzilla franchise they’re currently working on. Though, for every fantastic Godzilla film, there is an abysmal Warcraft film. The point is, you never know how well a film is going to be adapted, but I believe it shows great promise that Sunrise is co-producing this and is heavily involved. I’ll lean on the side of optimism…until I see Dwayne Johnson hop into the RX-78, then all bets are off.
Legendary Pictures next film happens to star The Rock in Skyscraper (or as we lovingly call it, “Sky Hard”) on July 13, 2018. Also in the works, in post-production, are Detective Pikachu and the aforementioned next chapter in the Godzilla saga, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. In prep is Godzilla vs Kong.
As more details are revealed for the Gundam film, we’ll have them for you here on Cinelinx!