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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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    Apple's next iPhone could include a smaller display notch and larger battery

    Apple might not announce the 2021 iPhone before second 1 / 2 of the entire year, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill, this week developing from reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with a fresh report. In an email obtained by MacRumors , Kuo says Apple will release four different iPhone models in 2021 that may come in exactly the same sizes because the 2020 lineup. Another year which means the mini variant will hang in there for at the very least. Month from well-known leaker Max Weinbach among others corroborating a written report last, Kuo said the iPhone 13 Pro models will feature energy-efficient 120Hz LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) displays. The Pro models shall likewise incorporate an updated ultra-wide camera which will include a faster f/1.8 aperture lens which includes autofocus.

    The 2021 models won’t include a drastically different design than their 2020 counterparts. However, because of some small engineering breakthroughs, they’ll reportedly include bigger batteries and smaller display cutouts. Kuo said the iPhone won’t proceed to USB-C in 2021, but nor will Apple introduce a phone this season it doesn’t include any ports at all. Internally, all phones will feature Qualcomm’s X60 5G modem. The 5nm radio is smaller and much more power-efficient compared to the X55 modem within the iPhone 12 lineup.

    Notably, the note doesn’t make any reference to Apple adding an in-display fingerprint scanner to the 2021 models. In accordance with a written report Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman published in the beginning of the year, that has been one of many upgrades Apple was considering for 2021. It appears like Touch ID is off the table also, with Kuo noting that the business doesn’t intend to have a page from the iPad Air and integrate the technology in to the 2021 model’s power button.

    Kuo’s note also contains some tidbits about Apple’s 2022 and 2023 iPhone lineups. Based on the analyst, year will include a Samsung-style punch-hole display cutout at the very least some iPhone models next. If the entire lineup abandons Apple’s divisive notch depends on panel production yields. Kuo didn’t say what the move means for Face ID. Apple can be reportedly preparing a fresh SE model with 5G connectivity and a faster processor the business could release in the initial 1 / 2 of 2022.

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