Exclusive: Famed comic book creator and New York Times
bestselling author Brian K. Vaughan
has signed on to write the screenplay for Gundam, the first live-action film based on the popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise created by Sunrise. The project hails from Legendary Entertainment, in a co-production with Sunrise. Vaughan, best known for creating comic book series like Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina
, and Runaways
, will also serve as an executive producer on the pic.
Next month marks the 40th anniversary of Mobile Suit Gundam
, the mecha anime series that launched the Gundam success story as both a media and toy franchise. That 1979 series, created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino
, was a middling success when first aired but then won over an impassioned fan following through reruns and a popular tie-in toy line.
Tomino’s animated saga was part of the mecha genre, the sci-fi subgenre