Gundam: Hathaway Film Trilogy, Overseas Gundam UC2 Drama Teased
posted on by Egan Loo
The "Gundam Franchise's New Work Unveiling" event on Friday briefly showed a visual for the works in the Universal Century timeline.
In the section for "new screen projects" were the following listings:
Universal Calendar 0097:
Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative (Kidō Senshi Gundam NT)
Film project — Fall/Winter 2018
Universal Calendar 0103:
Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway)
Film trilogy — Fall 2019 or later
Universal Calendar 0104:
Mobile Suit Gundam UC2 (Kidō Senshi Gundam UC2, tentative title)
Overseas drama format — 2022
However, 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. The visual did not confirm that the last two projects have been green-lit. The event did confirm that the Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative anime project will start theatrical screenings in November.
The visual also listed several official side stories that are being developed through games: MSV Gaiden (Mobile Suit Variation Side Story), Gyaku-Char UC: Gundam Kaihatsu Hiwa (Char's Counterattack UC: The Secret Story of Gundam Development), UC ep 0, and UC 0100 Zeon Jichiken Hōki (UC 0100: The Renunciation of Zeon Autonomy).
Yoshiyuki Tomino, the creator of the first Gundam series and several of the later projects, wrote the three-volume Kidō Senshi Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway (Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway's Flash or alternately, Mobile Suit Gundam: Flash's Hathaway) novel series from 1989 to 1990. The novel series centers around Hathaway Noa, who appeared in the 1988 film Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack as the son of the influential Federation ship captain Bright Noa. (Char's Counterattack is set in the year UC 0093.) The story deals with the aftermath of Char's Counterattack's climatic finale.
Most of the story of Fukui's Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn novel series and Sunrise's anime adaptation is set in the year UC0096, and Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative is described as being set mainly after Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn's story.
Sunrise and PoleStar Entertainment previously produced the Japanese-Canadian live-action television movie G-Saviour, which was initially set in the year UC 0223. Bandai Entertainment released the movie on DVD in North America. The American developer Presto Studios also worked on Gundam 0079: The War for Earth, a 1996 CD-ROM game that featured live-action footage.
Update: Despite what is listed in the timeline visual, most of Gundam Unicorn is set in the year UC0096. The Gundam: Senkō no Hathaway novel series is mostly set in the year UC0105. Thanks, Deacon Blues.
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