When the first Pacific Rim came out in 2013, the film industry was already on the verge of its current obsession with live-action adaptations of classic media. As a result, many were asking a big question: Why hasn’t Gundam, arguably the most iconic franchise in the giant-robots-smashing-the-shit-out-of-anything genre, still not gotten a live action movie? Well, there’s been talk of one before, but now it’s official. During the Los Angeles Anime Expo, Legendary Entertainment and Sunrise Animation Studio—Gundam’s original creator—announced that they’re working on a film adaptation of the classic anime.
Mobile Suit Gundam, the first entry in the franchise dropped way back in 1979 and has since helped to popularize the “mecha”, i.e. ‘giant-robots-smashing-the-shit-out-of-anything,’ genre for the next handful of decades. The first run of the show spawned video games, full-length anime films, and several animated spin-offs, many of which are still wildly popular today.
There aren’t too many details to speak of in the way of plot, actors, and production schedules, but during the announcement, both companies brought up the original “Universal Century,” storyline. That particular run of the Gundam cartoons took place in a world where the human population outgrew the planet Earth and started branching out into space. Once these other human colonies started seeking independence from the fictional Earth Federation, giant robots piloted by human beings started doing battle in space.
There’s not even a hint about who will direct the film but, Legendary’s producer Cale Boyter will be working on it for sure. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, Boyter also served as a producer on 2017’s Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Pacific Rim.