Netflix Japan Festival 2021 unveiled concept art for its upcoming feature adaptation of Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise’s hit mecha/sci-fi anime franchise, Gundam, which you can view above. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) is directing from a script by Brian K. Vaughan, with Mary Parent, Cale Boyter and Naohiro Ogata producing, and with Jordan Vogt-Roberts and Vaughan exec producing alongside Makoto Asanuma.
The story for the live-action film version of Gundam is being kept under wraps but 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. The Gundam universe is replete with numerous story lines of love and conflict along with the popular Gundam battles, in which the characters operate robot suits called Mobile Suits.
Gundam first landed on the fandom radar back in 1979 and has become a massive multimedia franchise success story, even long rumored by many a clickbait blog to be in the works for a film for years non end. Actual film efforts by Legendary hit the newswires back in 2018 with Netflix first announcing its push as of April with Vogt-Roberts attached.