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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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    Conan the Barbarian TV Series in Development at Netflix

    Conan the Barbarian TV Series in Development at Netflix Deadline is reporting that a live-action Conan the Barbarian series is in development at Netflix based on the character created by pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard. A search is underway for a writer and showrunner to pen the adaptation as well as a director to helm the series. RELATED: New Hubie Halloween Teaser & Key Art for Adam Sandler’s Netflix Comedy The project is reportedly the first in a deal between Netflix and Conan Properties International. The deal allows the streaming giant the exclusive option to acquire rights to the Conan literary library and to develop live-action and animated works across film and television. The Conan the Barbarian character was introduced in 1932 in a series of short stories that were published in Weird Tales magazine. The stories brought to life the “Sword and Sorcery” genre of writing and inspired over a thousand comic books, one hundred novels, three movies, two series, video games, as well as a variety of merchandise worldwide. John Milius’ classic 1982 movie adaptation, Conan the Barbarian, starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular character and earned co-star Sandahl Bergman a Golden Globe. Schwarzenneger reprised the character in the 1984 sequel Conan the Destroyer, this time directed by Richard Fleischer. Jason Momoa later took on the role in the 2011 Conan the Barbarian reboot from Marcus Nispel. RELATED: Netflix Unveils Trailer for Sundance Darling His House The Conan the Barbarian series comes from Fredrik Malmberg and Mark Wheeler’s Pathfinder Media. Malmberg and Wheeler will executive producer the project via their Pathfinder Media banner.

    RANKED: The 12 Best Designs by the Late Ron Cobb

    RANKED: The 12 Best Designs by the Late Ron Cobb Comingsoon.net is taking a look at the best designs by the late Ron Cobb. Check out our picks below! Legendary underground cartoonist turned production designer and concept artist, Ron Cobb, passed away on his birthday Monday at the age of 83. Star Wars, one of the many franchises he contributed to, paid tribute to Cobb on Instagram, “We were saddened to learn of the passing of Star Wars: A New Hope conceptual designer Ron Cobb, who designed one of the most – if not the most — memorable characters in the Mos Eisley cantina… Cobb’s illustrious career contributed to several iconic films, including E.T The Extraterrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Alien, Back to the Future, and many more.” He will be missed.” The aesthetic of numerous sci-fi and action films were achieved through Cobb’s inimitable talent. Pivotal objects like Back to the Future‘s DeLorean, Conan the Barbaian‘s sword, and numerous space ships stick with us because of the imagination and subsequent work of Cobb. In addition to design, Cobb also served as a director and writer. Honoring the prolific career (which began in 1956) of one of the best illustrators of all-time, we’ve ranked some of Cobb’s most memorable designs (and films). Check them out below. RELATED: CS Video: Back to the Future’s Bob Gale Remembers Designer Ron Cobb All concept images via roncobb.net 12) Dark Star’s Spaceship Click here to purchase Dark Star! Cobb’s first production design job was John Carpenter’s debut film, 1974’s Dark Star. Cobb designed the exterior for the film’s main space ship—which went on to heavily influence the ships/special effects of Star Wars and other space operas. It was on this film that Cobb would meet writer Dan O’Bannon, which would lead to jobs working on Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune and Ridley Scott’s Alien.  11) The Abyss’ Deep Core Rig Click here to purchase The Abyss! Cobb designed the massive underwater drilling rig in James Cameron’s The Abyss (1989) as well as the helmets, suits, and breathing tanks used by the crew. He also helped to create the two operable submersibles used in the movie.  10) Robot Jox’ Mech Suit Click here to purchase Robot Jox! Cobb served as a concept artist on Stewart Gordon’s Robot Joxs (1989), designing every inch of the 180 ft. tall, multi-mode robots, their support systems, and their worlds. Most of the costumes, automobiles, and other devices were also done by Cobb. 9) The Last Starfighter’s Spaceship Click here to pre-order the upcoming The Last Starfighter Blu-ray from Arrow Video! In addition to the Gunstar, Cobb designed the enemy space crafts, the planet Rylos, Starcar, aliens, and costumes for 1984’s The Last Starfighter. 8) Total Recall’s Memory Implant Chair Click here to purchase Total Recall! Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 classic, Total Recall’s entire plot revolves around one machine’s ability to plant false memories into people’s brains. Not only did Cobb design the “Rekall” machine, but he created the look for the Mars colony (mine complex, mining machines, taxi cabs, etc.), the Marsliner spaceship, and all of the vehicles on the futuristic Earth.  7) Raiders of the Lost Ark’s Nazi Airship Click here to purchase Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures! After meeting Steven Spielberg at Universal while working as a production designer on Conan The Barbarian, Cobb landed a job as a production artist on Raiders of the Lost Ark. Cobb ended up designing the Nazi Flying Wing from that film, on which, Indiana Jones fights that large Nazi in what is one of the greatest fights in cinematic history. Cobb and Spielberg maintained a close relationship for the remainder of his career.  6) Star Wars’ Momaw Nadon (“Hammerhead”) Click here to purchase Star Wars: A New Hope! Initially unaccredited, Cobb served as a conceptual designer on Star Wars: A New Hope. He designed most of the elaborate aliens in the famed Mos Eisley cantina sequence. Momaw Nadon AKA “Hammerhead” is considered by many to be the most memorable.  5) The Rocketeer’s Jet Pack Click here to purchase The Rocketeer! Cobb contributed an early design for the rocket-powered jet pack in Joe Johnson’s Rocketeer (1991). 4) Conan the Barbarian’s Sword Click here to purchase Conan the Barbarian! Not only did Cobb serve as a production designer on 1982’s Conan the Barbarian, but he was an uncredited director of second unit photography. That said, in addition to Conan’s iconic sword, Cobb was responsible for all of Conan’s weapons, armor, architecture, and scenery.  3) Aliens’ Drop Ship Click here to purchase Aliens! As a concept artist on James Cameron’s Aliens (1986), Cobb designed the “Drop Ship,” the armored personnel carrier, some of the weapons, the interior/exterior sets, and vehicles of the earth colony complex.  2) Alien’s Nostromo Click here to purchase Alien! As a concept artist on Ridley Scott’s Alien (1978), Cobb conceived the interior and exterior of the infamous Nostromo ship—the film’s setting. That said, the ship’s aesthetic has influenced countless other sci-fi projects and the Alien franchise as a whole. Cobb was also the one to suggest the titular Alien’s blood be corrosive so that the crew couldn’t just shoot it dead.  1) Back to the Future’s DeLorean Click here to pre-order Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy (4K)! Cobb created the initial design for the Back to the Future’s (1985) time-traveling De Lorean. Spielberg, a producer on the film, asked Cobb, “how he would make a DeLorean into a time machine?” He told Spielberg to make it look homemade like Doc Brown made it with stuff he picked up at Radio Shack. 

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