Brian K. Vaughan will reportedly write a screenplay for a live-action adaptation of the mega-popular Mobile Suit Gundam anime created by Sunrise and Yoshiyuki Tomino.
Variety reports Vaughan has already signed a deal with Legendary Entertainment alongside Sunrise to write the film.
Vaughan is a prolific comic book writer whose Y: The Last Man series is currently being adapted for television. His credits also include Ex Machina and Runaways. Not only will he write the script, but he will also serve as an executive producer.
Mobile Suit Gundam which launched the Gundam franchise debuted back in 1979 from Yoshiyuki Tomino. The anime would rocket towards success with the introduction of Gundam action figures. The original anime series would be re-edited and released into three separate movies.
Mobile Suit Gundam takes place in the Universal Century and detailed the story of the One Year War between the Principality of Zeon and the Earth Federation. The Principality of Zeon has the upper hand due to their advanced Mobile Suits that give them an extreme tactical advantage over the Earth Federation. However, the Earth Federation has secretly been developing their own mobile suit, the legendary RX-78 Gundam.
As Zeon forces attack the Earth Federation base, young Amuro Ray discovers the RX-78 Gundam and becomes its pilot leading Earth Federation forces in beating back Zeon.
Amuro Ray confronts the formidable Zeon Lieutenant Commander Char Aznable throughout the series. However, Char has his own agenda as he seeks to use the war to eliminate Zeon’s ruling Zabi family. The Zabi’s were responsible for his father’s death Zeon Zum Deikun, of which the principality takes its name.
Mobile Suit Gundam reinvented the Japanese mecha genre showing the true costs of war and depicting the mecha suits as weapons of war, rather than stand-ins for superheroes. In fact, Mobile Suit Gundam showed the engineers and maintenance crew who maintained the giant robots, and highlighted the skills of the pilots. The franchise also explored the politics of Zeon and the Earth Federation. It would even delve into human evolution and the idea of Newtypes, or individuals who gained heightened mental awareness in order to adapt and survive in space.
Mobile Suit Gundam would spawn a number of spin-offs, prequels, and sequels. The most recent is Mobile Suit Gundam NT which arrived in American theaters last month. They are also developing a brand new trilogy based off creator Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway’s Flash novel series.
The legendary RX-78 Gundam would even appear in the Steven Spielberg directed Ready Player One.
Deadline reports this project is part of Vaughan’s “three-year overall deal with Legendary, in which the studio would adapt several of Vaughan’s creator-owned comics, as well as produce exclusive, original projects developed by Vaughan for film and television across traditional and non-traditional platforms.”
Are you excited for a live-action Gundam film? Do you think this will be a brand new story or do you think they will adapt Mobile Suit Gundam, or one of the other various Gundam storylines?