Deadline reports that Legendary Entertainment has hired comic book writer Brian K. Vaughn to pen a live-action movie based on the anime franchise Gundam, April will mark Gundam’s 40th anniversary.
Famed comic book creator and New York Times bestselling author Brian K. Vaughan has signed on to write the screenplay for Gundam, the first live-action film based on the popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise created by Sunrise. The project hails from Legendary Entertainment, in a co-production with Sunrise.
Tomino’s animated saga was part of the mecha genre, the sci-fi subgenre that centers on robots in combat (and usually they are giant robots), but it veered from the formula followed by its mecha predecessors in a manner that added dramatic new tones and textures to the genre.
I think fans will be very interested to hear who Legendary has in mind to direct as the film will be an effects-heavy action film.
This isn’t the only Hollywood anime/manga adaptations on the horizon. IT/IT: Chapter 2 director Andy Muschietti is attached to direct a live-action Robotech movie for Sony Pictures and a live-action Attack On Titan movie for WB. At one time, Warner Bros. was developing both Akira and Ninja Scroll adaptations, the former has been in the works at the studio since 2002. More recently Warner Bros. was seeking directors to direct Akira which included Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi.
Ghost In Shell didn’t set the world on fire as the anime/manga movie flopped and while Alita is faring well at the overseas box office it didn’t seem to make a large impact with domestic audiences (the $170-200 million budgeted film is heading into its fourth weekend with current domestic cume of $73 million).
I think audiences are just starting to warm up to the genre as they did with comic book movies but Hollywood is seemingly interested in pursuing more adaptations. Studios relying on IP awareness instead of courting the general audiences could be one of the problems they’ve been up against.