Sony to Make Robotech it’s Next Sci-Fi Film Franchise
Sony Pictures picked up the rights popular classic anime series Robotech and plans to turn it into it’s next film franchise along with Spiderman and Ghostbusters.
Robotech has a messy history, there were several adaptations planned before the most notable one being with Tobey Maguire (for Warner Bros) in it.
Sony has already set it’s foot with Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton (from 300) producing, with Michael Gordon (also from 300, as well as GI Joe) writing a screenplay.
Here’s the synopsis for those who haven’t seen the anime:
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 an alien invasion, with the fate of the human race ending up in the hands of two young pilots.
Now here’s a thing, there was no such thing as Robotech before it came to west. Back in the days it was necessary to have minimum 65 episodes for a series to be syndicated on US television. Macross saga was told over the course of 36 episodes, so to up the number of episodes Harmony Gold mashed two totally unrelated anime series from the same studio and collectively called it Robotech.
Just to be clear, the Macross saga was pretty sensational in Japan and now it seems like Sony is only looking at the Macross Storyline, which seems pretty appropriate.
“‘Robotech’ is unique in that it has always been a marriage of spectacle with human characters that seem drawn from life,” said De Luca. “That’s why we are so excited to be working with Mark and Gianni as we move forward on this project. 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.”
When it comes to Live-action adaptations of Anime in Hollywood we know how they end up. Still it would be interesting to see another mecha movie franchise after Transformers and Pacific Rim. Hope the studio is serious about these movies because I really want to see this.
Source: Variety via Kotaku