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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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    Sideshow’s Virtual Con Returning With Sideshow New York Con in Fall

    Sideshow’s virtual con returning with Sideshow New York Con in fall Following the rousing success of this summer’s Sideshow Con 2020, a first-of-its-kind experience for the collectibles company, this fall’s Sideshow “New York” Con 2020 will keep collectors and fans entertained and excited with new product reveals and announcements from the industry’s leading artists and manufacturers. RELATED: CS Collectibles: Sideshow-Con, McFarlane Batman & More! While most physical conventions have moved entirely into the digital realm, Sideshow New York Con will recreate their bold custom-made installation that debuted during the summer show season, with updates to the format to keep fans engaged throughout the week. This secure and private environment captures the spirit of the incredible “pop culture art gallery” style presence that Sideshow traditionally exhibits at shows like New York Comic Con in order to augment the comprehensive virtual streaming experience for audiences at home. “Once again, we’re building a bespoke physical space at Sideshow Studios – but this time in the form of an intimate museum/art gallery-style venue – with podium displays with fine art on the walls, and beautiful pop culture dioramas showcasing statues and figures by Sideshow, Hot Toys, PCS Collectibles, Iron Studios, Tweeterhead, Unruly Industries, Atomic Misfit, and more,” Sideshow PR Manager Andy Smith said in a statement. “Sideshow will be sharing a wealth of social media content throughout the event, including live-streamed booth tours, photos, interviews, and contests – and we’ll be showcasing different displays every single day!” Sideshow Con’s summer 2020 swag bundle was an instant sell-out, with the fall swag bundle- complete with a collectible pin, an event T-shirt, and a promotional code- expected to be equally as popular. Fans who purchase this limited edition swag bundle will also receive a free bonus Stan Lee collectible pin celebrating the comic book legend and the city that never sleeps. Fans can also score reward points for their Sideshow account during the event, meaning there are plenty of chances to collect throughout the convention. RELATED: Sideshow Unveils Chris Sanders Statue From Lilo & Stitch Creator Sideshow New York Con offers fans a chance to engage closely with their favorite products, artists, and fandoms without lines, crowds, or taxis- the only traffic here is web traffic! Access to Sideshow’s full convention experience has never been easier with comprehensive product livestreams, as well as creator interviews, up-to-the-minute reveals and announcements, and other content features that bring all of the news right to you from October 6-11. Fans can sign up for free pre-registration for the virtual event here!

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