Netflix and Legendary Pictures will produce a live image movie of Gundam (Mobile Suit Gundam), the Japanese franchise that in 1979 revolutionized the genre of mecha, or giant Japanese robots. And the chosen director has experience with giant monsters, because he directed Kong: Skull Island in 2017, Kong’s film that precedes the hit Godzilla vs. Kong, currently on theaters.
Little is known of the plot or details of the film (or its budget). As producer and screenwriter he will be Brian K. Vaughan, writer of several episodes of Lost and Runaways, as well as the comics Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina or Paper Girls.
Currently, Vogt-Roberts is (supposedly) preparing the film of Metal Gear Solid with Sony Pictures, which Oscar Isaac will star as Solid Snake.
Grab your Mobile suits! Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been set to direct and produce Legendary’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Sunrise’s GUNDAM for Netflix.
– NX (@NXOnNetflix) April 12, 2021
The producer Legendary Pictures continues thus adding adaptations of Japanese franchises and giant monsters and robots (in addition to those of Godzilla, produced Pokémon Detective Pikachu and Pacific Rim, heavily inspired by the genre Gundam helped establish). But there is one key difference: no longer with Warner Bros. Pictures.
Legendary Pictures turns its back on Warner and teams up with Netflix
When Warner announced, almost unilaterally, that all of its 2021 premieres would also air on HBO Max simultaneously, Legendary protested, as that would directly affect the box office income of two of his films: Godzilla vs Kong and Dune. Legendary protested against that decision and asked that its films be left out of the deal. It was even reported that Netflix was close to buying Godzilla vs Kong for $ 200 million, a deal Deadline blocked, according to Deadline.
The Yokohama Gundam is practically “alive” and is the pear
Now, Legendary takes its revenge, allying with the streaming giant for its new giant robot blockbuster, which will be broadcast exclusively on Netflix, all over the world except China (where Legendary itself will distribute it, in cinemas?).
This is another great signing for Netflix to swell its catalog of exclusive “blockbusters” (after its great deal with Sony Pictures and leaving 450 million in the sequels of Knives Out).
And the question now, Will the Monsterverse continue? The enormous success of Godzilla vs Kong at the box office, despite the pandemic and despite being on HBO Max, should convince Warner to continue producing more Godzilla, Kong and the Toho monsters movies with Legendary … but hopefully this one. According to Netflix, behind Warner’s back, don’t change things.