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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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    Deon Taylor Tapped to Helm English-Language Remake of The Housemaid

    Deon Taylor Tapped to Helm English-Language Remake of The Housemaid

    Deon Taylor tapped to helm English-language remake of The Housemaid

    CJ Entertainment, Korea’s leading entertainment conglomerate has tapped award winning director, Deon Taylor (Black and Blue) to direct the gothic horror/thriller Grave Hill, the studio’s English-language remake of the popular Vietnamese horror film The Housemaid.

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    Released in 2016 to strong reviews from critics for its exploration of racial and social themes in a period/romance/horror setting, The Housemaid was written and directed by Derek Nguyen and produced by Timothy Linh Bui, which CJ Entertainment financed and produced. The remake, titled Grave Hill, will stay true to this concept, taking place in the American South during the Reconstruction Era.

    “Having the opportunity to work with CJ Entertainment is absolutely a dream come true,” Taylor said in a statement. “The collaboration they created with Bong Joon Ho and the film Parasite was incredible. I truly believe Grave Hill is a special, elevated thriller that will speak to social themes we are dealing with today and simultaneously push audiences to the edge of their seats just like the original version did. This is a rare film and I’m very excited to bring it to life with CJ and team!”

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    The script for the adaptation is being penned by Oscar winner Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious) alongside Nguyen, with CJ Entertainment again financing, developing and producing the project with Group Vice Chairwoman Miky Lee, Jinnie Choi and Jerry Ko executive producing alongside Hidden Empire’s Roxanne Taylor and Motor’s Sean Sorensen. Don Handfield is set to produce the film via his Motor production banner alongside original producer Linh Bui for Happy Canvas, Nguyen and CJ Entertainment’s Yeonu Choi.

    “Deon is a filmmaker who will absolutely push boundaries and challenge sensibilities when it comes to elevating a story – particularly those rooted in suspense with social and racial themes,” Jerry Ko, CJ Entertainment’s Head of International Division, said in a statement. “His creative vision for Grave Hill involves stepping far beyond the ordinary to retell a haunting story that’s different from anything audiences have seen before.”

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    Grave Hill is being eyed to begin principal photography in early 2021.

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