A concept art image from Legendary’s adaptation for Jordan Vogt-Roberts Gundam has been revealed. Gundam is based on the famous Japanese anime created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Dawn in 1979, which has spawned a revolution of Programs, films, books, Manga, computer games and massively popular model units of the Gundam suits. Gundam are, essentially, automated military suits, called mecha. They are directed by humans, similar to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Edge, for audiences unfamiliar with the origins of the class.
Netflix and Legendary have now revealed a look at the concept art for Gundam, featuring a the famous RX-78-2 Gundam Suit, encircled by flames and looking ready for action. While the image is a source-accurate glance at the Gundam suit, it’s very little to happen as far as what sort of film Gundam will be. Vogt-Roberts said in the past that he wanted it to be an accessible point for the franchise, which would allow audiences new to Gundam to catch up and become invested, opening the entryways for more exploration into the 40 decades worth of Gundam-related material. The film is being scripted by Saga and Y: The Last Man author Bryan K. Vaughn, which should make for a compelling science fiction adventure given his earlier credits.
The Gundam suit’s most famous North American appearance is probably Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One in 2018. In that film, Daito takes on the type of Versatile Suit Gundam to assist with defeating Ben Mendelsohn’s MechaGodzilla, showing off an exceptionally cleaned live-action version of the suit in action. It’s an ‘Easter Egg’ style scene, yet one that fans were fast to support, and reasonable an accommodating catalyst in getting the live-action Gundam movie greenlit.
Little is known about Vaughn and Vogt-Roberts’ approach to Gundam overall, nor has it been revealed who the movie’s cast may be. Presumably, it would be a gathering of youthful actors to inhabit the jobs of the Newtypes, genetically-engineered humans, made to control the suits. Vogt-Roberts was cited as saying, “…I want to create this film and give them an access point where you can say, ‘This is the place where you start. This is your entrance point.” An origin story would certainly make sense in request to captivate new watchers and with live-action anime starting to make a push on the platform (see: the current month’s Cattle rustler Bebop), it could turn into another home for that sort of entertainment, be it for deep rooted Gundam fans or rookies.