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'Furious 7' Helmer James Wan in Early Talks to Direct 'Robotech'

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April 30, 2015
Source: THR

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Now that director James Wan has Furious 7 under his belt as a huge blockbuster success, he's one of the most sought after directors working right now. Wan is reportedly wanted to direct Aquaman for DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures, but there's a chance that Universal could bring him back for Furious 8 as well. Now there's one more project that wants Wan behind the camera as THR reports Sony wants the filmmaker to direct Robotech, their big screen adaptation of the revered anime. The studio picked up the property back in March with the intention of moving quickly toward a future global franchise.

For those who don't know, Robotech is set at a time when Earth has developed giant robots based on the technology of an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific isle. Using this new technology, mankind must fight off three waves of alien invasions, including giant warriors looking to get their ship's energy source back. Two young pilots end up leading the battle and hold the fate of mankind in their hands. The concept would give Wan quite the playground to mess around in, but he's got so many offers on the table, it's hard to tell which one he'll go with in the end. Stay tuned to see what Wan chooses to direct. Either way, he's directing The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergiest next. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 15 Comments

1

Fuck, well, this guy is so over the top in directing action scenes, was hoping for something more grounded, but, I suppose, I'm not in this movie's target, I'm getting too old for this shit.

qweqwu on Apr 30, 2015

2

He's overrated, no better than M Night if you ask me.

Bounty 4 Zuckuss on Apr 30, 2015

3

He's gotta be better than M Night...

TheOct8pus on Apr 30, 2015

4

Why not Gundam? Better pedigree behind it, no?

OfficialJab on Apr 30, 2015

5

I think despite Gundam's success, Robotech is more old-school, and thus more classic and well known....and Gundam was hugely influenced by Robotech and Macross, so it makes more sense to do Robotech, which has an awesome plot to begin with.

TheOct8pus on Apr 30, 2015

6

Please don't fuck it up...Please don't fuck it up...

TheOct8pus on Apr 30, 2015

7

From the director selection, I think it is too late for that

Tester on Apr 30, 2015

8

Sounds like Pacific Rim.

Tuomas Lassila on Apr 30, 2015

9

Pac Rim was a ripoff (or a tribute if you want) of all the great Japanese Giant-Robot mangas. Robotech (or Macross) is very similar to Pac Rim, but mostly takes place in space, so I guess it's more of a space opera than a monster movie.

TheOct8pus on Apr 30, 2015

10

I know (the "ripoff" thing).

Tuomas Lassila on Apr 30, 2015

11

Pacific Rim sucks badly. Robotech has a way more better story, but I'm not sure about how good will it be as a movie.

el copi on May 1, 2015

12

It wasn't that bad

Tuomas Lassila on May 1, 2015

13

Yeesh. Didn't see F&F7. Seems like a weird choice though for the first film in a franchise with such massive potential.

avconsumer2 on Apr 30, 2015

14

Bleh. Robotech is already tired. Maybe if they just use the name and the basic, basic idea of the IP, and then completely rework the story. Otherwise...meh.

DAVIDPD on Apr 30, 2015

15

....has anyone seen the Attack on Titan live action trailer? Left me kinda confused, but mostly disappointed. The human characters look good, but everything else (including the sky) is too CGI heavy.

TheOct8pus on May 1, 2015

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