Get ready to suit up, Gundam fans: Legendary Entertainment announced today that it’s bringing the nearly four-decade-old franchise into the 21st century with a live-action feature film that promises to reintroduce the iconic series to a new generation.
Via multiple industry reports, Legendary said at Anime Expo today in Los Angeles that it will partner with Japanese animation studio Sunrise — the original creator behind the 1979-debuting series — to bring a live-action Gundam movie to theaters.
Gundam got its start in the early heyday of Japan-to-U.S. anime transplants, launching in the late 1970s with Mobile Suit Gundam, which helped spawn an enduring fascination on both sides of the Pacific with giant mecha robots warring for control of Earth’s future. The original series unfolded in a future in which space colonists wage a war for independence against their earthbound masters, taking to their robotic exo-suits to stage epically scaled battles whose visual impact helped convey the significance of all that’s at stake.
The genre hit its stride in the 1980s and 1990s, spinning off a series of movies, TV shows, games, and merchandise that continues to enjoy an enthusiastic cult following among both film fans and memorabilia collectors. In all, the Gundam franchise has launched more than a dozen television series, while influencing mainstream blockbusters from Gundam fans like Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and Steven Spielberg (Ready Player One).
For now, details on casting and a timeline are light, but the Sunrise creative team is reportedly on board to help guide the project. Stay tuned for more details about the Gundam live-action project as it begins to ramp up.