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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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    Saudi Arabia bans travel from 20 countries

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Thursday announced the latest rule where it will be banning travelers from 20 countries from entering the country. This rule came into effect to curb the new strain of coronavirus which has been seeing an increase in cases from all around the world. This is a temporary ban and it has been extended to places including Turkey, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Lebanon, Ireland, India, and the US to name a few. This ban is applicable for travelers who passed to these countries for the past 14 days and the ban is until which date is still not mentioned. The kingdom is facing a huge number of coronavirus cases with over 360,000+ cases and over 6400 deaths, the cases have tripled since January and the nation has already launched its vaccine drive since December 17 and is looking to reduce the new cases, however, the new strain is posing a threat to this. Earlier, Riyadh had extended its travel ban for its citizens from March 31 to May 17 due to the delay in the supply of the coronavirus vaccine. As India is one of the countries included in the travel ban, Indian travelers will be unable to visit destinations such as Riyadh, Jeddah, and Mecca. The new strain of coronavirus has kept every country on its toes as there has been a spike in cases and countries are imposing fresh lockdown to curb the new cases. Add to Bookmarks

    Saudi Arabia suspends international flights for another week.

    Saudi Arabia has extended the suspension of all international flights and entry of visitors via land, seaports too in the wake of a new coronavirus strain that was discovered in the United Kingdom. In a tweet from the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation, they said, “An official source in the Ministry of Interior said: Extending the suspension of international flights and entering the Kingdom through land and seaports for another week,” Saudi’s top aviation body on Sunday confirmed that they will allow airlines operating in the kingdom to fly out for non-Saudi Arabian passengers reported Al Arabiya. Last week, the country had closed its borders and suspended international flights for one week over the discovery of the new coronavirus strain in the UK which has now spread to different countries all around the world. Last Sunday, health authorities said that any passengers who had returned from any countries where the new strain has been detected. And every passenger needs to self-isolate for 2 weeks from the date of entering the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Add to Bookmarks

    Saudi Arabia partially opens International Flights from Tuesday

    Saudi Arabia from Tuesday will partially lift its suspension of International Flights said the interior ministry. The partial suspension comes after the country was closed since the lockdown was started 6 months back. “The kingdom will end all restrictions on air, land and sea transport for Saudi citizens after January 1 next year,” said the minister also the exact date will be announced in coming months. Gulf Citizens and Non-Saudi residents will be allowed entry to Saudi, but they should hold a valid residency permit or visa and they should not be infected with the virus, said the minister in the statement provided to the press agency. Also, from Tuesday people in other exceptional categories such as Saudi government and military employees, embassy workers, students and people requiring medical treatment will also be allowed to enter Saudi. Saudi Arabia will gradually announce the plan to allow the umrah pilgrimage. However, the first umrah was suspended this year in March as the kingdom went into lockdown due to Coronavirus pandemic. Also, the kingdom had scaled down hajj pilgrimage where only 10,000 people had visited the annual pilgrimage which is far less than compared to last year where over 2.5 million people had attended the annual hajj pilgrimage. Saudi Arabia had suspended all international borders and flights in the month of March due to the wake of coronavirus and which left many citizens and residents stranded overseas. Due to coronavirus, the kingdom of Saudi had over 325,000 cases with over 4,200 deaths. However, recently the kingdom is seeing fewer cases and has the highest recoveries surpassing 302,000. And in June, this year the kingdom lifted restrictions of business and curfew where cinemas and other entertainment venues were opened. Add to Bookmarks

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