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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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    Enter ComingSoon’s The Tax Collector SteelBook Giveaway!

    Enter ComingSoon's The Tax Collector SteelBook Giveaway!

    Enter ComingSoon’s The Tax Collector SteelBook Giveaway!

    Just ahead of its debut on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD, RLJE Films has provided ComingSoon.net with three 4K UHD/Blu-ray combo SteelBooks for David Ayer’s The Tax Collector starring Bobby Soto (The Quarry) and Shia LaBeouf (Honey Boy) for a special giveaway. All you have to do to enter is email [email protected] with the subject line “THE TAX COLLECTOR,” and three winners (must be within the U.S.) will be chosen at random by Monday, October 5! The SteelBook can be viewed below!

    RELATED: Enter ComingSoon’s The Pale Door Giveaway from RLJE Films & Shudder!

    The film follows David (Soto) and Creeper (LaBeouf), “tax collectors” for the Los Angeles crime lord Wizard who collect his cut of the profits from local gangs’ illicit dealings. When Wizard’s old rival returns to the City of Angels, the business is upended and David is put in a fight to protect his family.

    We are lucky to have an amazing caliber of actors and writer/director David Ayer on The Tax Collector,” Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer of RLJE Films, previously said in a statement. “Audiences will be awed and entertained by the talent they will see on the screen with this intense, edge-of-your-seat thriller.

    Ayer previously revealed he’s “very excited” to work with the AMC Networks-owned distributor, feeling that their past and current slate of projects “reflect their singular vision and desire to push the bounds of creative storytelling.”

    The Transformers star and director previously worked together on the 2014 war drama Fury and LaBeouf is set to be joined by Bobby Soto (For the People), Lana Parilla (Once Upon a Time), George Lopez (Lopez) and Brendan Schaub (The Fighter & the Kid). Ayer, whose most recent work was the hit Netflix fantasy crime-thriller Bright and has co-written the script for the sequel, is directing based on an original script.

    RELATED: Maika Monroe Joins Shia LaBeouf’s Biopic Drama

    Production officially began on the film in July 2018, with LaBeouf having just come off of the autobiographical drama Honey Boy in which he wrote and stars as a character based on his father alongside Lucas Hedges (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) portraying versions of LaBeouf.

    The Tax Collector is set to hit shelves on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on October 6!

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