Ever since the a Mobile Suit Gundam unit appeared in Ready Player One, fans have been ready for a live-action movie seeing the success of many films like Legendary’s Pacific Rim franchise. Fans will get their wish as today, it was announced that a Gundam movie is the works!
Legendary Entertainment will co-produce a feature based on the the popular anime from the Japanese animation studio Sunrise. The announcement was made Thursday at the 2018 Anime Expo, which is taking place in Los Angeles.
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The original Gundam series, which began in 1979, is set in the Universal Century, an era in which people have emigrated to space colonies due to a growing population on Earth. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy, and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Battles are fought by piloting robots known as mobile suits.
The massively popular series has led to multi-billion dollar sales in merchandise and licensing, including animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and books. The Gundam movie will be overseen by Cale Boyter on behalf of Legendary with the Sunrise creative team.