GUNDAM, from Legendary and Sunrise

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GUNDAM, from Legendary and Sunrise

Postby Psycho Soldier » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:31 pm

The dream lives. No major details other than the announcement so far, but I'm hopeful.

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Re: GUNDAM, from Legendary and Sunrise

Postby lhb412 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:40 pm

Hell.

Well, with all this talk of Legendary's troubles it just shows they're not stopping with ambitious projects. Gundam is popular all over Asia, which I'm sure Legendary's Chinese owners like.
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Re: GUNDAM, from Legendary and Sunrise

Postby swfreakjpb » Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:19 am

I keep reading the announcement and many are saying "first time" but there was a Live action Gundam film done before. G Savior released in 2000.
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Re: GUNDAM, from Legendary and Sunrise

Postby jellydonut25 » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:19 am

So, after the rampant box office success of Pacific Rim, Legendary wanted more giant robots?
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Re: GUNDAM, from Legendary and Sunrise

Postby lhb412 » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:39 am

^ Gundam is so distinct from PacRim or Transformers I don't think there will be a problem in standing out if they do it right.
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Re: GUNDAM, from Legendary and Sunrise

Postby mr.negativity » Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:17 am

jellydonut25 wrote:So, after the rampant box office success of Pacific Rim, Legendary wanted more giant robots?

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FORBES JUL 6, 2018:
'Gundam' Has A Live-Action Movie In Production But Can Hollywood Deliver A Decent Anime Adaptation?
Ollie Barder wrote:Legendary and Sunrise recently announced that they are collaborating on a new live-action Gundam movie, but after the failure of Pacific Rim: Uprising, is Legendary the best option for Sunrise here?

According to Variety, Sunrise has teamed up with Legendary to make a live-action Gundam movie. This is not the first time the Gundam franchise has ventured into live-action, as G-Saviour back in 2000 tried to bring the hugely popular anime saga into the realm of live-action and it was pretty terrible.

My concern is not Sunrise here, as they know Gundam better than anyone else. The issue is the Hollywood contingent. We already know after flops like the live-action Ghost in the Shell adaptation, that Hollywood currently lacks the expertise to properly leverage anime and manga properties.


This brings me on to Pacific Rim: Uprising, which was an attempt to broaden the scope of the first film and to build a franchise off that. It failed and according to some sources, still has yet to break even.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is pertinent here. Apart from the obvious mecha aspect, it also shared the same producer as this live-action Gundam movie, that of Cale Boyter.

Admittedly, this new live-action Gundam production has yet to hire its writers, director and actors, but after Pacific Rim: Uprising failing to perform based on its relatively simple premise, what hope does Legendary have in handling a franchise as complex and nuanced as Gundam?

My only hope is that they get the mecha design and setting right for this. They need Kunio Okawara involved here and ideally even someone like Hajime Katoki as well. Talking with both Yoshiyuki Tomino and Yoshikazu Yasuhiko would also be a good start on understanding the story and the world of Gundam.

I obviously want this live-action Gundam adaptation to work but after the failure of movies like Ghost in the Shell and Pacific Rim: Uprising I am unsure whether this collaboration will result in anything worthwhile.
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Re: GUNDAM, from Legendary and Sunrise

Postby Benjamin Haines » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:43 am

I'm glad that Legendary is still putting their faith in giant characters. The Gundam franchise has a built-in global fan base going back decades. Hopefully this movie will be good enough to parlay that awareness into a worldwide haul closer to Godzilla or Kong: Skull Island than an original property like Pacific Rim.
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