Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been onboarded by Legendary Pictures and Netflix. He will work alongside multiple Eisner, Harvey, and Hugo Award-winning writer Brian K. Vaughan. Together they will be bringing Gundam to life.
The original Mobile Suit Gundam series began in 1979. Set in the Universal Century, mankind has emigrated into space because of a growing population. They now live in colonies. Those living in the colonies seek their autonomy and launch a war of independence against the Earth, with battles fought by pilots in giant robotic mobile suits.
This is a big deal as it’s potentially a huge franchise with merchandising rights on a Star Wars scale. In Japan, this is a cultural icon and makes billions every year in toy sales, models, books, comics, and games. This has a multimedia franchise written all over it if they get it right. A theme park in Japan even built a real mobile suit.
Vogt-Roberts will produce and direct from a script by Vaughan. They will both executive produce. Vogt-Roberts other projects, including an adaption of Metal Gear Solid, will likely be placed on hold for this.