Netflix has announced details for the own live-action Gundam movie, based on the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise. They also announced that the movie would be coming to the platform.
In a tweet today, Netflix confirmed that Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) would be directing, and that the movie would also be produced by Legendary Entertainment (Pacific Rim, Monsterverse series).
This is far from being the only live-action Gundam movie. Back during Gundam’s 20th anniversary, a movie that would only be uttered in hushed tones in the future was released, titled G-Saviour. Today the movie exists in the fandom space as little more than a cautionary tale by fans who’d rather not see the Gundam series hit the big screen.
There’s also the web series, Gundam Build Real, which also features real people acting out a plot common to the more shonen-leaning Build series.
The RX 78-2 Gundam most famously made a cameo in Ready Player One, which was largely considered when many newer fans started clamoring for a big cinematic take on the Gundam series.
Aside from that, the Gundam series has been no stranger to animated theatrical releases. Gundam Unicorn, the 7-part OVA, received a theatrical release before being recut for an anime. The anime adaptation of Gundam: The Origin also received a theatrical release, similarly before getting recut into TV anime format. The follow up to Unicorn, Gundam Narrative, also received a theatrical release, as well as the upcoming Hathaway’s Flash.