Anime Classic “Gundam” to Get a Live-Action Film

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Nearly four decades after it first unleashed on television screens and became a global phenomenon, Sunrise’s Mobile Suit Gundam will be getting a live-action treatment.

Since the first series, Mobile Suit Gundam 0079, was released in April 1979, the story of an intergalactic war that after a stalemate, has continued when a band of rogue members of the Zeon Principality disobeys orders and kills members of the Earth Federation. A youngster named Amuro discovers the Federation prototype known as the RX-78 Gundam, which would be the mascot for the Gundam universe, and the young man is destined to become a hero.

If this sounds quite familiar, it should be noted that Guillermo del Toro was influenced by this series for his recent epic that is Pacific Rim. And speaking of that film, the film’s production company, Legendary Pictures, will be handling the Gundam live-action film, but they will be getting some help.

Sunrise, the makers of the original anime series, will be assisting Legendary and producer Cale Boyter, in bringing Gundam to life. With Sunrise getting their input in, here’s keeping our fingers crossed that the designs will be faithful to the anime counterparts.

More as this develops.

H/T: Screen Anarchy

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