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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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    ILM Explores the Making of the Razor Crest in a fresh Mandalorian Featurette

    ILM Explores the Making of the Razor Crest in a New Mandalorian Featurette The Child (a.k.a. Baby Yoda) may have stolen the spotlight from the title character throughout The Mandalorian’s first season. However, if it weren’t for the series’ true unsung hero, the Razor Crest, they never would have crossed paths in the first place. Mando’s ship certainly saw a lot of action last year, and it’s mostly thanks to the talented crew at ILM. Not surprisingly, a lot of work went into designing the bounty hunter’s space ride. But in a new 17-minute featurette, the designers themselves reveal how its creation hearkens back to old-school Star Wars filmmaking (via SuperHeroHype). The featurette includes interviews with several ILM staffers, including design supervisor Doug Chiang. According to Chiang, showrunner Jon Favreau already had a good idea of what he wanted the ship to look like. He was particularly fascinated by the A-10 Warthog, an Air Force plane with two large engines on its rear. Chiang’s team used this as their starting point. They also combined it with “WWII aesthetics” to indicate an “early” spaceship whose design might even pre-date the X-Wings. RELATED: Giancarlo Esposito Teases Future Seasons of The Mandalorian Military aircrafts provided a lot of inspiration to the team as they designed the Razor Crest. Model supervisor Jay Machado explained that they also studied “airport graveyards” to give it a more run-down appearance. Regardless, he admitted that it was “very difficult to make something so shiny look good in all these different environments.” In the long run, concept design supervisor Ryan Church says their goal was to make the vessel look “very intimidating and very strong.” What’s really interesting, however, is how the designers created a model of the Razor Crest for filming. As CGI technology has advanced over the years, this method has been used less and less. But with Favreau’s support, the team 3D-printed a miniature version of the ship, which paved the way for the studio’s first motion-control shoot in 15 years. The Mandalorian (and the Razor Crest) will return to Disney+ for its second season on October 30. You can watch the new featurette below, then share your thoughts in the comment section! Recommended Reading: Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Code 

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