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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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    Mandatory Streamers: The Walking Dead Returns for “A Certain Doom”

    Mandatory Streamers: The Walking Dead Returns for "A Certain Doom"

    Mandatory Streamers: The Walking Dead Returns for “A Certain Doom”

    Welcome to Mandatory Streamers, our column covering the best new streaming content coming your way every week! For the week of September 28, The Walking Dead is back for its Season 10 “finale” as The Whisperer War comes to an end and we find out who is left standing. Check out the best shows debuting and returning online this week as well as the latest renewal announcements below, and be sure to visit our mother site Mandatory by clicking here!

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    The Walking Dead, Season 10 Finale: In the episode, “A Certain Doom,” Beta engages the final battle of the Whisperer War. The episode will premiere on Sunday, October 4, and will be available to stream on AMC’s platforms. The episode is now streaming on AMC+. Season 11 will air in 2021 and it was also announced that Season 10 will be getting six additional episodes in its tenth season which will air early next year.

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    The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Series Premiere: The new spinoff series expands the universe of The Walking Dead, delving into a new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world.  Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves, and each other.  Some will become heroes.  Some will become villains.  But all of them will find the truths they seek. The series will premiere on Sunday, October 4, with episodes available to stream on AMC’s platforms. The first episode is streaming now on AMC+.

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    Gangs of London, AMC+ Season 1 Premiere: Set in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic and multicultural cities, the series tells the story of a city being torn apart by the turbulent power struggles of the international gangs that control it and the sudden power vacuum that’s created when the head of London’s most powerful crime family is assassinated. Gangs of Londoncritically acclaimed first season was a huge success in the UK as it took audiences on an immersive journey into the hidden heart of the capital. The 10-episode first season of the action-packed thriller debuts on AMC+ this fall for US audiences and has been renewed for a second season with the network on board to co-produce. The first three hours are available now on AMC+ with episodes rolling out weekly. The series will debut on AMC early next year.

    

    Soulmates, AMC+ Season 1 Premiere: From AMC Studios, sci-fi drama is set fifteen years into the future, when science has made a discovery that changes the lives of everyone on the planet – a test that unequivocally tells you who your soulmate is. In a first-ever format for AMC, each of the six episodes will feature a different cast and explore an entirely new story around discovering (or opting not to discover) the results of this new test and the impact of those results on a myriad of relationships. The first episode is now streaming on AMC+ and will premiere on AMC on Monday, October 5.

    

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    The Good Lord Bird, Series Premiere: Starring Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke as abolitionist John Brown and based on the National Book Award-winning novel by James McBride, the series is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown’s motley family of abolitionist soldiers during Bleeding Kansas – a time when the state was a battleground between pro- and anti-slavery forces – and eventually finds himself participating in the famous 1859 raid on the U.S. Armory at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the event that started the Civil War. The limited series adaptation will premiere on Sunday, October 4. Episodes will be available to stream on Showtime’s platforms.

    

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    Monsterland, Series Premiere: Based on the short stories from Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters, the series is a horror anthology which will follow the story of broken people driven to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives and will feature encounters with mermaids, fallen angels, and a variety of other mythical creatures and horrors. All ten episodes are available now on Hulu.

    

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    Warrior, Season 2 Premiere: The gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hop Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful Tongs (Chinese organized crime family). Season two follows rival Chinatown Tongs as they fight for dominance amidst the growing anti-Chinese fervor that threatens to destroy them all. The battle continues to rage on in the second season, premiering tonight on Cinemax. The episodes will be available to stream on Cinemax’s platforms and through Amazon.

    

    Netflix

    Emily in Paris, Series Premiere: Created and executive produced by Darren Star, the series focuses on Emily (Lily Collins), an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, who unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company — and she is tasked with revamping their social media strategy. Emily’s new life in Paris is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends, and navigating new romances. The series is available to stream now.

    

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    Britannia, Season 2 Premiere: The Romans are here and set to stay. Two years on from his invasion of Britannia, with the help of Celt Queen Amena, General Aulus is romanising willing Celt tribes and crushing those who try to resist. Aulus’s behaviour raises suspicions that he has another agenda; one that raises ghosts in Amena’s past and makes his threat to the Druids ever more critical. The only form of hope for the Druids and Celts is Cait – a young girl being trained by outcast Druid Divis – to fulfil a prophecy that would save Britannia from the Romans. But when a dead man wakes, two Druid brothers begin an epic battle of wills that divides the Druids and puts the prophecy in jeopardy. In a world where the gods hold power over everyone, the question is how much agency does anyone have over their own actions? But while the gods don’t deal, men do. The Dead Man says ‘hello’. Season 2 will premiere on Sunday, October 4.

    

    Renewals

    Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers have both been picked up for two more seasons at Fox, with Family Guy now running through Season 20 and Bob’s Burgers’ renewal taking the show to its 13th season! Both animated series are available to stream on Hulu.

    Billions, Season 6: Showtime has officially renewed its brilliant drama Billions for a Season 6 while also bumping up Corey Stoll as a series regular! The first four seasons, as well as the first half of Season 5, are available to stream on Showtime’s platforms or Amazon.

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