Gundam will be the next anime to get the big screen, live-action treatment, as Legendary have today announced that the Mobile Suit Gundam series will be heading to the silver screen.

Considered to be one of the most well-known and influential anime series, Gundam has been subject to many live-action attempts in the past, and the only one to come to fruition was this year’s Ready Player One. While Spielberg’s film featured a mecha cameo, the new film will focus entirely on the Mobile Suit Gundam property.

The original series began in 1979, focusing on the war between the Principality of Zeon and the Earth Federation, and series protagonist – teen civilian mechanic Amuro Ray. Due to his mechanic skills, Ray becomes a pilot, flying the RX-78-2 Gundam in order to defend his colony during the war.

The anima has an impressive legacy, which continues today, through the Build Divers anime and the Hathaway’s Flesh film set for release next year. It was also part of the inspiration behind fellow Legendary franchise, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.

So far we have very few details about the film, except a short synopsis:

“The original Gundam series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy, and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Through the tragedies and discord arising from this human conflict, not only the maturation of the main character, but also the intentions of enemies and the surrounding people are sensitively depicted.”

More on Gundam when we have it.

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