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The Live-Action Gundam Movie Will Be Written By Saga's Brian K. Vaughan

Setsuna Seiei’s 00 Gundam.
Setsuna Seiei’s 00 Gundam.
Image: Sunrise

Legendary’s moving forward with its plans to put out a live-action movie based on Sunrise’s seminal and wildly influential Gundam series, and it’s found someone we’re very familiar with to write the script.

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Deadline reports that Saga co-creator Brian K. Vaughan has been tapped to write Gundam. The comic creator will also serve as an executive producer. He’s currently on a Saga break but keeping very busy—the FX adaptation of his comic Y: The Last Man is currently in production.

There are currently no details as to which of the Gundam continuities the plot will be based on, or if the movie will tell an entirely new story. When Legendary first announced its new Gundam project, it made a point of detailing the larger mythos of the Universal Century, the timeline in which the original Mobile Suit Gundam took place, suggesting that the movie might draw from those stories.

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A date’s not yet been set for Legendary’s Gundam, but we’ll update you with more details as they become available.


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There are currently no details as to which of the Gundam continuities the plot will be based on, or if the movie will tell an entirely new story.

They’d be dumb to do anything but a new story. As lets be honest, Gundam fans can be an annoying bunch (saying as a big Gundam fan) so if they tried to adapt an existing continuity they’d almost certainly get fans who are pissed off at the changes.

If I was writing the script, I’d take Gundam themes and make a new continuity.  So basic things like young pilots, likely caught up in a complex war, with friends on both sides of the war, and an arch enemy that pilots a red mobile suit that is three times faster than a regular model.  Also I would go with a single Gundam and add more as the series goes on rather then start with a Gundam team as that would get too cluttered in a feature film.  Focus on making one or two memorable mech designs would be a good idea.