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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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    Exclusive Clip From Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection

    Exclusive Clip From Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection

    Exclusive clip from Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection

    ABKCO Films has provided ComingSoon.net having an exclusive clip from Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection, a retrospective consider the acclaimed Chilean filmmaker’s work featuring three of his films remastered in addition to a short film, bonus CD and features soundtracks for just two of the films! Browse the clip in the ball player below!

    Alongside the remastered collection, the music and records company has announced it really is partnering up with Alamo Drafthouse to create Jodorowsky’s latest film, Psychomagic, A Healing Heart, to UNITED STATES audiences for the very first time via the theater chain’s video-on-demand platform, Alamo on Demand. August 7 debut ahead of its, the streaming platform will include a retrospective beginning on August 1 featuring the 4K restorations of the films Fando y Lis, El Topo and The Holy Mountain from the collection, in addition to The Dance of Reality and Endless Poetry. There may also be a virtual master class in Psychomagic featuring the 91-year-old writer/director.

    Psychomagic, A Healing Art  can be an intimate exploration of the visionary director’s theory of trauma therapy. Jodorowsky’s unique idea of healing uses performance art as a car to counter deep, debilitating psychic battling with literal “acts of confrontation” in real life applications. Drawing from the life-long study of philosophy, psychology, ethnology, and world religions, from Freud to Shamans, from Kabbalah to everything and Gurdjieff among, Jodorowsky works together with people in pain that are wanting to face directly, resolve and transcend their personal dilemmas by using radical performative art therapy. The  film illuminates the Maestro’s vision with themes evident because the start of his career, while breaking the wall between reality and performance contemporaneously. His healing concepts extend beyond the given individual to the global, offering humanity a collective catharsis to an increased consciousness.  “The global world is ill, we have to make therapy pictures,” said Jodorowsky of his work. “If art isn’t a medicine for society, it’s a poison.”

    At age 91, Jodorowsky is really as relevant as he’s been ever. Along with completing  Psychomagic, A Healing Art, he supervised the colour correction of the 4K restorations of his essential films utilizing the original 35mm elements, with stunning and vibrant results. El Topo is presented in 1:33 aspect ratio since it was shown in theaters in 1970. It really is available for the 1st time in 1 also.85:1 widescreen. Jodorowsky originally envisioned the film with this particular aspect ratio being an homage to Sergio Leone, . 5 century later, that dream has been fulfilled.

    Jodorowsky’s relationship with ABKCO goes back to 1970,  follows a brazen gunslinger who abandons his young son in a quest to defeat four masters before being rescued by an underground society of  little people, paraplegic and disfigured individuals who are shunned by society. The “midnight was started by the film movie” phenomenon, playing the midnight slot at the Elgin Theater in NY for years. Referred to as a “psychedelic western”, El Topo when John Lennon and Yoko Ono broughtto the eye of Allen Klein, the company’s late founder.

    El Topo  was followed with The Holy Mountain,  which firmly established Jodorowsky being an auteur of Surrealist Cinema and sparked controversy at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival because of its sacrilegious imagery. The mythical, mystical masterpiece follows at the very top band of thieves who go on a spiritual journey to replace the immortal Gods who secretly rule the universe. Jodorowsky’s first feature, Fando y Lis, is really a brutal and scathing study of destructive co-dependence between two lovers conflicted by anguish and the demands they placed on each other. Its grotesque and salacious imagery caused a riot at the 1967 premiere in Acapulco (MX), which he narrowly escaped after having his life threatened. Weeks later, The Holy Mountain was banned in Mexico.

    Alejandro Jodorowsky 4K Restoration Collection  also includes the 1957 short film Le Cravate, a mime adaptation of a Thomas Mann story in regards to a Parisian urchin who makes her living selling human heads. Chock filled with extras, the box set includes a book with photos and essays and also newly filmed interviews with Jodorowsky and his very long time personal assistant Pablo Leder. Jodorowsky’s son Brontis, who makes his acting debut because the young boy in  El Topo, is interviewed also. As well as the 4K Restorations, are new introductions by Columbia University professor Richard Peña, a  mini-documentary A to Z of The Holy Mountain narrated by Jodorowsky biographer Ben Cobb, and CD soundtracks for El Topo  and  The Holy Mountain. 

    The  Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection  was restored by ABKCO Films and Arrow Films and you will be available worldwide, ABKCO is dealing with these Arrow Films closely, that are doubling because the UK distributor Other international distributors for the box set are Nour Films in France, UpLink in Japan, Bildstoerung in Germany, NonStop Entertainment AB in Minerva and Scandinavia Pictures in Italy.

    Alejandro Jodorowsky: 4K Restoration Collection
    Feature Films
    Fando Y Lis (1967)
    El Topo(1970)
    The Holy Mountain(1973)
    Psychomagic, A Healing Art (2019)

    Short Film
    Le Cravate (1957)

    El Topo
    The Holy Mountain

    A to Z of The Holy Mountain – Ben Cobb
    2019 interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky
    Newly filmed interview with Brontis Jodorowsky (El Topo)
    Newly filmed interview with Pablo Leder, personal assistant to Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo and The Holy Mountain)
    New introductions by Columbia University film professor Richard Peña

    Key Details

    New 4K restorations on Blu-ray from original 35mm elements
    New color corrections supervised by Alejandro Jodorowsky
    El Topo first time ever director approved wide screen (1.85:1)
    Director commentary tracks
    English, French and Spanish subtitles
    Book with photos and essays

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