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

April 30, 2015
Source: THR


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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  • qweqwu
    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.
  • Bounty 4 Zuckuss
    He's overrated, no better than M Night if you ask me.
    • TheOct8pus
      He's gotta be better than M Night...
  • OfficialJab
    Why not Gundam? Better pedigree behind it, no?
    • TheOct8pus
      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
    Please don't fuck it up...Please don't fuck it up...
    • Tester
      From the director selection, I think it is too late for that
  • Tuomas Lassila
    Sounds like Pacific Rim.
    • TheOct8pus
      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.
      • Tuomas Lassila
        I know (the "ripoff" thing).
    • el copi
      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.
      • Tuomas Lassila
        It wasn't that bad
  • avconsumer2
    Yeesh. Didn't see F&F7. Seems like a weird choice though for the first film in a franchise with such massive potential.
    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.
  • TheOct8pus
    ....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.




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