Entertainment news website Deadline reported on Wednesday that comic book author Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways) will write the script for Sunrise and Legendary Picture’s live-action Hollywood Gundam film. Vaughan will also serve as an executive producer for the film.
Legendary’s executive vice president of production Cale Boyter (Pokémon: Detective Pikachu producer) will oversee the project. Boyter appeared with Bandai Namco Holdings president and representative director Mitsuaki Taguchi at Anime Expo in July to announce the adaptation. Robert Napton, former Bandai Entertainment Director of Marketing and Legendary Comics’ current Senior Vice President of Publishing, moderated the panel segment about the live-action film project.
The “Gundam Franchise’s New Work Unveiling” event in April had listed a tentatively titled Mobile Suit Gundam UC2 (Kidō Senshi Gundam UC2)project that would have an “overseas drama” format. The listing said the project takes place in Universal Calendar 0104 and would launch in 2022.
After showing the listing at the April event, the Sunrise Studio‘s emcee and one of the event’s guests, Gundam Unicorn novelist Harutoshi Fukui, quickly told the audience to “pretend you didn’t see that” visual.