Comic book scribe turned film and TV scripter Brian K Vaughan will be penning the screenplay for Legendary’s live action Gundam, an adaptation of the popular Japanese anime and manga franchise.
Launched in 1979, the franchise centers on military action featuring giant, robotic suits which are controlled by human pilots. The initial series, Mobile Suit Gundam, is credited with bringing a sense of hard science-fiction to anime storytelling. The series spawned a number of sequels and spinoffs, some of which exist in continuity with the original and some that exist in their own timeline.
In comic book circles, Vaughan is best known for his series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, Ex Machina and Paper Girls. He has also served as a writer on the TV series Lost and was the showrunner of the Stephen King adaptation Under The Dome.
But before fans get too excited for a potential Gundam film in the near future, they should not that Vaughan currently has a large number of other projects he is already committed to. He has already been tapped to write a new attempt at a Silver Surfer film as well as treatments for feature film adaptations of the 80s cartoon series M.A.S.K. and Visionaries.