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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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    Riverdale, Batwoman, Nancy Drew & More Vancouver Productions Shut Down

    Riverdale, Batwoman, Nancy Drew & More Vancouver Productions Shut Down A number of Vancouver-based productions have been shut down due to delays in processing COVID-19 tests in British Columbia, including Riverdale, Batwoman, Nancy Drew, and Charmed, according to Variety. RELATED: The CW’s Supergirl to End with Season 6 Additionally, production on David E. Kelley’s ABC series Big Sky has also been put on hold. During a virtual press conference for the Television Critics Association, Kelley said: “There were some delays in test results, so out of caution we shut down yesterday and today. We expect to resume production either tomorrow or Friday.” The outlet also confirmed that Disney’s The Mysterious Benedict Society, Hulu’s adaptation of the young adult novels, has also shut down production. Warner Bros. Television is also delaying production on The CW’s The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl which were set to commence production this week. Netflix’s Maid, another Warner Bros. TV series, has also been shut down. RELATED: Supernatural Season 15 Return Extended Trailer Released According to the outlet, there is a single lab company approved to oversee testing for COVID-19, and the company is currently prioritizing schools, which have opened in British Columbia, as well as local businesses.

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