Legendary Pictures has recently gotten a penchant for making Kaiju monster movies like Pacific Rim, Kong: Skull Island, and Godzilla. Now new has it that they are officially partnering up with Sunrise Animation to bring to the big screen a live-action version of Gundam.
As per THR, the announcement was made last Thursday at the Anime Expo 2018. Legendary has Cale Boyter overseeing the development of a Gundam movie alongside creatives at Sunrise Animation.
Now I have no doubts that Sunrise is a great animation studio, but if we’re talking a live-action movie, I have my fingers crossed that Legendary will be providing the movie with the Hollywood-level CGI it deserves; it would be a shame if this movie would fall into the same category of CG as the live-action versions of Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Attack on Titan.
For now, no details have been said about the story of this Gundam film, and there isn’t an attached director, writer, or actor as well.
While the go-to expectation is that this film will adapt a popular Gundam story (like the original ’79 series with Amuro Ray and Char Aznable), I think it would be better if the film decided to tell the story with a fresh set of characters set on the same time as the 100 Year War. This way, the film doesn’t get compared to a story that already came before it, and we won’t have any issues when it comes to casting (like the backlash that happened with Ghost in the Shell).
If you want a great example, just check out Gundam: Thunderbolt. It’s told at the same timeline of the original series, but with all new characters; complete with tragic backstories and amazing action.
If Legendary Pictures and Sunrise get this right, we could be looking at another Star Wars franchise.
No release date has been announced for the live-action Gundam movie.