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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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    Watched at Home: Top 20 Streaming Films for the Week of October 9

    Watched at Home: Top 20 Streaming Films for the Week of October 9 Welcome fellow couch potatoes to another edition of Watched at Home where we look back and judge your viewing choices over the last week! As it turns out, you guys are clearly itching for Halloween and helped propel four trick or treat classics into The Digital Entertainment Group’s Top 20. Let’s do this thing! RELATED: October 13 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases Our last list saw Halloween favorites such as Hocus Pocus, Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas enter the arena with the former leaping to No. 4 and the remaining pair occupying the No. 11 and No. 16 spots, respectively. This week, Hocus Pocus swooped all the way to No. 2 on the list (just behind three-week champ Ava) while Beetlejuice and Nightmare crept up to No. 8 and No. 14. Also, Michael Myers decided to join the fun via 2018’s Halloween, which made its debut at No. 19 on the list with plenty of time to eventually slice its way into the Top 10 by month’s end. Meanwhile, new non-Halloween entries to the chart include Star Trek: Picard Season 1, the documentary The Phenomenon, the romantic comedy Then Came You, and the Kodi Smit-McPhee sci-fi thriller 2067. This is probably a good time to plug our recent interview with Smit-McPhee, who discussed his role in 2067 and even took some time to talk about his stint as Nightcrawler in the X-Men franchise. Otherwise, the list remained largely unchanged from last week save for a few jumps here and there. It’ll be interesting to see which other Halloween classics you guys take part in over the next few weeks. 1 Ava (Vertical Entertainment, 2020)2 Hocus Pocus (Disney)3 Yellowstone: S3 (Paramount)4 Yellowstone: S1 (Paramount5 The Secret: Dare to Dream (Lionsgate)6 Yellowstone: S2 (Paramount)7 Star Trek: Picard: S1 (Paramount)8 Beetlejuice (Warner)9 The Phenomenon (1091)10 Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Coll. (Warner)11 Alone (Magnolia Pictures, 2020)12 Then Came You (Vertical Entertainment)13 The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)14 The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney)15 Rick and Morty: S4 (Warner)16 Trolls World Tour (Universal)17 The Secret Garden (Universal, 2020)18 2067 (RLJ Entertainment)19 Halloween (Universal, 2018)20 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)

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