Appearing in one of the most epic scenes in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, a Mobile Suit took on Mechagodzilla, and it looks like we're going to be seeing more Gundam action on the big screen soon as Deadline reports that Legendary Entertainment is developing a live-action movie based on the franchise! Comic book creator Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) has been hired to pen the script.
The site notes, “the first live-action film based on the popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise created by Sunrise.”
They continue, “Next month marks the 40th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam, the mecha anime series that launched the Gundam success story as both a media and toy franchise. That 1979 series, created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, was a middling success when first aired but then won over an impassioned fan following through reruns and a popular tie-in toy line.”
Set in the futuristic calendar year "Universal Century" 0079, the original animated series focused on the war between the Principality of Zeon and the Earth Federation, with the latter unveiling a new giant robot known as the RX-78-2 Gundam piloted by a gifted teenage civilian mechanic.