A new live-action film based on the beloved Japanese mecha anime “Gundam” is reportedly in the works.
Japan’s Sunrise Inc., which owns the popular franchise, is teaming up with Legendary Pictures to produce the movie, Deadline reports.
The first-ever live-action iteration of “Gundam” was announced during the first day of Anime Expo on Thursday at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
“Gundam,” which features giant robot mobile suits called mechas, began in 1979 as a TV series called “Mobile Suit Gundam.”
The popularity of the show eventually spawned a franchise that includes animated films, manga, novels, video games, toys and other related merchandise.
Cale Boyter, one of the producers on “Pacific Rim: Uprising,” will be in charge of the production on behalf of Legendary along with the Sunrise creative team.
While no plot details have officially been released, the full press release hints that the movie may take place during the Universal Century timeline of Gundam, “an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies.” A war between people living in the colonies and those on Earth eventually breaks out, with the main characters piloting robots known as mobile suits.
Earlier this year, “Gundam” fans were left wanting more mecha goodness after a Mobile Suit Gundam unit made a memorable appearance in the sci-fi action adventure “Ready Player One.”