Brian K. Vaughan, the acclaimed comic book writer known for Saga and Marvel’s Runaways, will be penning a live-action Mobile Suit Gundam film at Legendary Pictures, Deadline reported this evening. He will also be serving as Executive Producer, with Sunrise co-producing the project.
It is currently unclear whether the film will adapt an existing story in the Mobile Suit Gundam pantheon, or be an original story. This will be the second live-action film in the franchise, after the Canadian television film G-Saviour, which was first broadcast in 2000.
This is the latest in a series of iconic Japanese IP to be snapped up by Legendary Pictures, who are scheduled to release both Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Pokémon: Detective Pikachu this Spring. Anime Limited have been releasing select Gundam anime titles on Blu-ray in the United Kingdom.
Brian K. Vaughan has been the recipient of 14 Eisner Awards, 14 Harvey Awards and a Hugo Award for his contributions to the comic book medium, which has seen him write for Marvel, DC, Image Comics and more with his acclaimed original series like Saga, and celebrated takes on iconic characters such as Doctor Strange: The Oath. In addition, he is credited as writer, story editor and producer for seasons 3-5 of Lost.