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Sony Pictures Picks Up 'Robotech' Anime for Feature Film Franchise

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March 26, 2015

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The popular anime Robotech has been stuck in development since as far back as 2007 with Warner Bros. trying several iterations in order to get it off the ground, the last attempt being with commercial director Nic Mathieu in 2013. But now the property has switched studios as Sony Pictures has just announced the acquisition of the big screen rights to Robotech with "the intention of moving quickly toward production of a future global franchise." Surely that was what Warner Bros. had hoped for too, so let's not get to excited just yet, but the anime classic has a sprawling sci-fi world that would make for quite the cinematic spectacle.

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. If that sounds familiar, that's because it's not too far off from Pacific Rim, although Guillermo del Toro was absolutely inspired anime series like Robotech for his monster-fighting robot flick.

This time, Immortals and 300 franchise producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton are developing the property with 300 and G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra scribe Michael Gordon taking a crack at the screenplay. The goal is for this group to "bring their modern sensibility to the tentpole, reintroducing today’s audiences to the Robotech universe." Sony's new head honcho Michael De Luca says, "With a history that offers an epic love triangle, a renegade hero, and a world on the brink of extinction, Robotech offers a wide scope and a rich and impressive universe where the story possibilities are endless."

Nunnari offers his own excitement by saying, "When the rights to Robotech became available we jumped. Mark and I knew it had what big movies in today’s world must have if they want to grab everyone: insane visuals and powerful themes. The characters in Robotech wrestle with both the destructive and redemptive powers of technology; nothing is more relevant today than that.” And the original rights holder is thrilled too saying, "We at Harmony Gold have waited 30 years for the chips to fall in place. Finally they have, and finally our dreams have come true." We'll see if fans feel the same way, that is if the film happens this time.

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Reader Feedback - 16 Comments

1

Robotech (or Macross) was an amazing and revolutionary show back in its day. If done right, this could be good...dare I say, better than Pacific Rim? I still want Voltron though!

TheOct8pus on Mar 26, 2015

2

Easily better than Pacific Rim, there is sooooooo much more story to it

Tester on Mar 26, 2015

3

True. I was not a huge fan of Pac Rim. I felt like it lacked all the great things about mecha anime.

TheOct8pus on Mar 26, 2015

4

Macros Saga was epic, perhaps too much for a single film or even three films.

mooreworthy on Mar 26, 2015

5

I imagined 3 films for each "generation" of robotech. Maybe 2 for Southern Cross. But yeah, Macross is by far the best of them. I wouldn't mind ditching Robotech itself and going full-on Macross: Macross Zero, SDF Macross, Macross Plus, Macross Frontier Macross 2 is skippable and 7 is forgettable. Although I'd love to see an actor with the balls to scream FIYAH BOMBAAH like a nutcase. (Think Goku with a Guitar)

Akirakorn on Mar 26, 2015

6

Anything can be better than Pacific Rim, it is an awful movie.

el copi on Mar 29, 2015

7

I agree with you on that! Look out for the Pac-Rim fanboys!

TheOct8pus on Mar 30, 2015

8

oh man... why can't it be something cool like Technoman? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44TijpIKkac

Dan Hibiki on Mar 26, 2015

9

Not holding my breath, look at the people already involved. Anyway, I would love to see this on the big screen

Tester on Mar 26, 2015

10

Umm anything that brings more giant robots to the screen is ok with me.

Brian Sleider on Mar 26, 2015

11

Bleh. I'll see it, I guess. I would rather see Neon Genesis Evangelion in some kind of live action. Concepts are much deeper and could have some cool darkness to it.

MaqueeStalker on Mar 26, 2015

12

immortals, 300, gi joe... I wanna say it's will probably be fall somewhere between Micheal Bay and Ewe Bow bad. And not as good (sigh) as Turtles or Speed Racer

Akirakorn on Mar 26, 2015

13

If they pull this off, I can die happy. This was MY show back in the 80s. It was the only 'toon where actions had consequences. Screw Transformers & GI Joe and all the rest of those jumped-up toy commercials; Robotech was a quantum leap in animated storytelling. All you noobs out there can go Netflix the entire series and binge watch right friggin' now!

leemoder on Mar 26, 2015

14

Do I have any expectations for ROBOTECH? No. I would rather see this flop and they never touch anime again.

DAVIDPD on Mar 26, 2015

15

I was excited about this until I saw who was involved. Now I'm biting my fingernails dreading what they come up with. Robotech was a kids cartoon that covered adult and realistic themes, and I still remember being in awe as Rick Hunter went into shock after his first encounter with the Zentraedi!

RAW_D on Mar 26, 2015

16

This is "easy mode" screenwriting, but then, I figured G.I. Joe was as well - we see how that's turned out. I will be incredibly surprised if they do this franchise justice.

avconsumer2 on Mar 30, 2015

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