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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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    POLL RESULTS: Who is the Greatest Slasher Icon?

    POLL RESULTS: Who is the Greatest Slasher Icon?

    POLL RESULTS: Who is the greatest slasher icon?

    After a week and nearly 1500 votes, ComingSoon.net’s poll for who is the greatest horror slasher icon has closed and despite a roster chock-full of variety to choose from, there was one clear winner whose arrival is infamously paired with the Halloween season. Check out the results from the poll below!

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    POLL RESULTS: Who is the Greatest Slasher Icon? 

    Top Five

    1. Michael Myers (Halloween) (30%, 423 votes)
    2. Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street) (28%, 395 votes)
    3. Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) (25%, 362 votes)
    4. Ghostface (Scream) (4%, 51 votes)
    5. Hannibal Lecter (Thomas Harris adaptations) (2%, 30 votes)

    With the slasher genre generally being cited as having started in the 1960s with films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom, we’d be remiss not to reflect on the terrors that were Norman Bates and Mark Lewis, even if they didn’t deliver as many bloody thrills as their competitors. As time progressed and the exploitation genre started making a rise, audiences were introduced to the likes of Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper’s chainsaw-wielding Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the Phantom Killer from The Town That Dreaded Sundown and based on the real killer of the same name, Black Christmas‘ Billy and John Carpenter’s Michael Myers of Halloween.

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    The rest of the results are as follows:

    • Pinhead (Hellraiser) (2%, 23 votes)
    • Chucky (Child’s Play) (1%, 21 votes)
    • Pennywise (IT) (1%, 18 votes)
    • Jigsaw (Saw) (1%, 17 votes)
    • Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw) (1%, 16 votes)
    • Norman Bates (Psycho) (1%, 15 votes)
    • Victor Crowley (Hatchet) (1%, 9 votes)
    • Candyman (1%, 8 votes)
    • Mark Lewis (Peeping Tom) (0%, 7 votes)
    • Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) (0%, 6 votes)
    • Tall Man (Phantasm) (0%, 6 votes)
    • The Firefly Family (Rob Zombie Trilogy) (0%, 5 votes)
    • Art the Clown (Terrifier) (0%, 5 votes)
    • Leprechaun (0%, 4 votes)
    • Leslie Vernon (Behind the Mask) (0%, 3 votes)
    • Billy (Black Christmas) (0%, 2 votes)
    • The Phantom (The Town That Dreaded Sundown) (0%, 2 votes)
    • The Fisherman (I Know What You Did Last Summer) (0%, 1 vote)
    • Maniac Cop (0%, 1 vote)
    • Frank Zito (Maniac) (0%, 0 votes)
    • The Stepfather (0%, 0 votes)
    • The Miner (My Bloody Valentine) (0%, 0 votes)

    The slasher genre would then enter what became known as the Golden Age and see the world introduced to the eventually hockey mask-wearing Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th, Harry Warden aka The Miner from My Bloody Valentine and Wes Craven’s Freddy Krueger of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. While the late ’80s and early ’90s would start to see fatigue hit the genre and struggle to rekindle the early streak of hits, it would still deliver some fan-favorite villains in Terry O’Quinn’s eponymous The Stepfather, Robert Z’Dar’s eponymous Maniac Cop, Don Mancini’s Chucky from Child’s Play and Clive Barker’s eponymous Candyman and Pinhead of Hellraiser.

    Going into the late ’90s to the present, better known as the post-modern era, the genre would see a rollercoaster of varying quality entries and debuting new slashers including Kevin Williamson’s Ghostface of Scream and Ben Willis aka The Fisherman of I Know What You Did Last Summer, Rob Zombie’s Firefly Family from House of 1000 Corpses and its sequels, cult favorite Leslie Vernon from mockumentary Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Adam Green’s Victor Crowley of Hatchet, James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s Jigsaw of the Saw series and Damien Leone and Shawn Moreau’s Art the Clown of Terrifier.

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