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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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    Love and Monsters Review: A Charming & Wildly Fresh Teen Rom-Com

    Rating: 

    8.5/10

    Cast:

    Dylan O’Brien as Joel Dawson

    Michael Rooker as Clyde Dutton

    Ariana Greenblatt as Minnow

    Jessica Henwick as Aimee

    Dan Ewing as Cap

    Donnie Baxter as Parker

    Ellen Hollman as Dana

    Directed by Michael Matthews; Co-Written by Brian Duffield & Matthew Robinson

    Click here to pre-order Love and Monsters!

    Love and Monsters Review:

    2020 may have brought us a lot of terrible things, both in the world and on film, but one of the brighter things to come from this year is the chance to truly witness the genius that is the mind of Brian Duffield. Beginning with the highly underrated aquatic thriller Underwater and continuing with the explosively charming Spontaneous, the time has now arrived for his post-apocalyptic romantic comedy Love and Monsters, and he has delivered another joyous, energetic and incredibly fresh take on a well-worn genre.

    Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien), along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant creatures took control of the land. After reconnecting over radio with his high school girlfriend Aimee (Jessica Henwick), who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, Joel begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there’s nothing left for him underground, he decides against all logic to venture out to Aimee, despite the dangerous monsters that stand in his way.

    The world has ended a lot of different ways in film and television over the years, ranging from the cartoonish dystopias of Aeon Flux and Ultraviolet to the dramatically haunting The Road and It Comes at Night, and Duffield finds a nice in-between of grounded and outlandish with rockets being shot into space to prevent an incoming asteroid from destroying the planet, the chemical fallout breeding the titular enemy to O’Brien’s Joel and Henwick’s Aimee, as well as the rest of humanity.

    The resulting post-apocalypse is actually a really interesting and well-thought-out world that feels like the best elements of similar genre fare in the YA novel world without simultaneously feeling like it’s borrowing or stealing from them. Underground clans fearing outsiders and being untrustworthy of members within their own ranks is believable given the situation unfolding in their — and even our — world, but the addition of everyone in Joel’s having a partner and pretty much having sex nonstop is an incredibly funny and unique take.

    The characters themselves are also a nice change of pace for a more YA storyline, with protagonist Joel’s fear of monsters and initial inability to fight them actually coming from a fairly emotional root instead of a more generic general terror of them, while the evolution of Aimee from the opening flashbacks to her present-day persona offers audiences a new strong heroine that I only wish was granted more screen time.

    The characters are further elevated by stellar performances from its ensemble cast, namely that of O’Brien, Henwick, Michael Rooker and Ariana Greenblatt. Rooker is no stranger to a barbed-yet-caring father figure of sorts, but he is a joy to watch in every bit of scenery he’s given and the chemistry he shows with the young Greenblatt is sweet and highly effective.

    The central Maze Runner star has frequently been offered the chance to show off his dramatic chops with the YA adaptation trilogy as well as MTV’s Teen Wolf and disaster biopic Deepwater Horizon, but it feels as though we rarely get to see him show a more comedic and goofily charming persona and he truly shines from start to finish in the role. Henwick’s Aimee feels like a warm and compelling blend of her Colleen Wing from the Marvel Netflix Universe, a character we sadly will most likely never see her as again, and Emily Haversham from Duffield’s own Underwater and she brilliantly taps into her character’s powerful and slightly tragic off-screen backstory as well as her kick ass and commanding on-screen nature.

    There may be some familiarity in the development of the love story and the plot itself, but with a razor sharp script reminiscent of the best John Hughes movies, some stellar character designs and visual effects and charming performances from its ensemble cast, Love and Monsters is a thrilling and feel-good post-apocalyptic rom com adventure that is sure to delight every kind of audience.

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