Today kicks off Anime Expo, one of the biggest anime conventions in the world where we get all of our big anime announcements. So far, Day 1 has not disappointed. Just minutes ago it was announced that Gundam will be heading to the big screen and it will be produced by Legendary. Here’s what President & C.E.O. of Sunrise Yasuo Miyakawa had to say (translated from Japanese):
“Sunrise and Legendary have reached an agreement to co-develop a live-action movie for Gundam. So as you guys know there’s a lot of adaptations, licenses, and investments in Japanese properties but we don’t see a lot of this going on with co-development with Japanese IP to co-develop with something like Legendary so this means a lot to us. We decided to do this live-action as a big challenge for us. Next year will be the 40th anniversary for Gundam. Legendary has produced many, many great movies over the past and it is such an honor and I think this is the best match for us to do this live-action movie with Legendary.”
We’re not quite sure which Gundam series they’re going to focus on, but Miyakawa went on to explain that great care will go into the property and long talks will happen about the film until both side are happy to start production. Earlier this year Gundam had a big role to play in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and a Gundam statue even popped up in Pacific Rim: Uprising. Since this is the very early stages of development no release date has been announced.
Here is the official press release:
Legendary and Sunrise announced today at Anime Expo 2018, plans to co-produce the first-ever live-action feature film version of GUNDAM, based on Sunrise’s massively popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise. The billion dollar property was created in 1979 and has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. Gundam continues to dominate master toy licensee Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception.
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.