More 80s: Robotech Getting Adapted by Tobey Maguire
What is it with Hollywood and giant robots? I should've assumed that this trend would be picked up. First it was Transformers (which I really enjoyed), then next comes Voltron and now the newest feature film is Robotech. Robotech was an anime television series that originated initially out of Japan in the 1980s and featured giant robots known as mechas. Warner Brothers has picked up the rights and it's likely that Spider-Man's Tobey Maguire will star in the lead role.
Maguire, who's also producing through his Maguire Entertainment, commented on the film.
"We are very excited to bring 'Robotech' to the big screen," Maguire said. "There is a rich mythology that will be a great foundation for a sophisticated, smart and entertaining film."
Robotech takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific isle. Mankind is forced to use the technology to fend off three successive waves of alien invasions. The first invasion concerns a battle with a race of giant warriors who seek to retrieve their flagship's energy source known as "protoculture," and the planet's survival ends up in the hands of two young pilots.
Transformers really kicked down the door on animated TV shows from the '80s, and now we're going to see an endless sprawl of them hitting the big screen in years to come. It's almost a guarantee that most won't even live up to Michael Bay's creation, but the rare one like Robotech under Maguire's watch may actually turn out pretty good. Here's to hoping for the best and reliving our childhood thanks to Hollywood!