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Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Helm Netflix’s Live-Action Gundam Movie

(Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm Netflix’s live-action Gundam movieIt has been four years since the successful release of Kong: Skull Island, and now director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has finally found his next big project with Legendary. Vogt-Roberts has officially signed on to direct the studio’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Gundam for Netflix, which will be based on the universe of Sunrise’s iconic Japanese robot franchise.This marks Legendary and Netflix’s latest collaboration together, the two companies previously worked on films such as 2016’s Spectral and last year’s Enola Holmes as well as shows like Lost in Space and Pacific Rim: The Black. They are also currently working on the anime series adaptation of Skull Island and Tom Raider.RELATED: Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series Wraps Production!Plot details for the Netflix film are being kept under wraps but 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. The battles in the story, in which the characters pilot robots known as mobile suits, are wildly popular. The Gundam universe is replete with numerous storylines of love and conflict along with the popular Gundam battles, in which the characters operate robot suits called Mobile Suits.The live-action Gundam film will be penned by Brian K Vaughan. It will be produced by Vogt-Roberts with Vaughan set as executive producer. Legendary’s Cale Boyter will oversee the project along with the Sunrise creative team. The project was actually first announced in 2018 at the Anime Expo.RELATED: Sony & Netflix Ink First-Pay Streaming Licensing DealCreated by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino, the franchise first started in 1979 with the TV series titled Mobile Suit Gundam. The massively popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise is Sunrise’s multi-billion-dollar property that has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. Gundam continues to dominate Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception.
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    Christina Aguilera & Demi Lovato's 'Fall in Line' Is the Time's Up Anthem Pop Needs

    While the music industry as a whole is still yet to reckon with the recent Times Up movement in the way Hollywood has—see the baby steps made by streaming services—some artists are letting the music lead the way. Christina Aguilera takes a stand for women unwilling to step aside and stay quiet on the newly released “Fall in Line” with Demi Lovato.

    Over booming, soulful production, Xtina begins by sharing some wisdom with young women: “In this world, you are not beholden / You do not owe them / Your body and your soul.” The song grows in ferocity, as well as in its ambitious vocals, as Demi declares, “You’re more than flesh and bones” before two belt and harmonize throughout in a move that seems to solidify Lovato as an undeniable voice of her generation.

    And while the song lets both divas’ best qualities—those voices—shine, ultimately this track feels like Time’s Up anthem the music industry needed. The message of “Fall in Line” aims to empower women with knowledge and uplift them, instead of waiting for the industry or world to change for them. As its remains to be seen with artists and label execs with well-documented and known histories of violence and inappropriate conduct towards women, their business deals—some extremely lucrative, mind you—remain intact. Despite singing, “It’s just the way it is / And maybe it’s never gonna change,” Xtina and Demi aren’t sitting silently and follow that line up with, “But I got a mind to show my strength / And I got a right to speak my mind.” 

    “Fall in Line” is taken from Christina’s upcoming Liberation album, that’s been previewed by buzz tracks “Accelerate” and “Twice.” The two superstars will bring the song to life at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 20, with an official video on the way too.

    While you wait for all that, take it back to a classic Christina x Fuse interview from 2010 during her fierce Bionic era:

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