Now, here's some news that should bring a spring to the step of every Robotech fan out there. For the few of you who may’ve never heard of it, Robotech was an 1980s anime series — OK, make that more of an epic, intergalactic saga — that spanned 85 glorious episodes over three different eras. For many of us who grew up during that particular decade, it was our first exposure to animation that could be more complex, thematically, than the glorified toy commercials that usually populated our after-school hours. Characters died, romances blossomed, and victory sometimes required great sacrifice, all while giant, transforming robots fought giant aliens in exo-suits. What was not to love?
So, you can imagine how excited we are to hear the movie’s back on track!
Deadline reports that Warner Bros-based producers Hollywood Gang, with Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton producing and scribe Michael Gordon (300, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra) set to pen the screenplay, are stepping up to the plate. They already have a director in mind, and it’s Andy Muschietti (Mama). We think he's an interesting choice, for sure, but if Muschietti actually gets the gig, we wonder how he’ll handle the much more epic scope of Robotech. Mama was a fine enough movie, but it was a small, intimate horror film, and it was Muschietti's first (and as of right now, ONLY) time at the helm of a big-screen movie. With Robotech, we have something that could match the Star Wars flicks in scope. They also have the possibility to make this a trilogy — since, as we’ve said above, the animated series was cut into three different eras. Trilogies and franchises are Hollywood’s BIG THING right now, so we can’t throw that idea out the window yet.
Plans to bring the beloved cult series to the big screen as a live-action flick have been around for years. In 2007, Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man) was attached to produce and probably even star in the big-screen version, but it obviously fell through. The project itself has pretty much remained in the hands of Warner Bros., and a parade of filmmakers and screenwriters have tried their hands at the live-action movie. For example, Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) and The Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan tried and ultimately failed to bring Robotech to life. And back in 2013, the release of Pacific Rim seemed to have bolstered interest into bringing Robotech to the big screen again, with Nic Mathieu as director. We have a feeling it's the success of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy that's spurring Warner Bros. into action this time around.
Now, the question is: If they finally mange to get that Robotech live-action movie off the ground, are they ready to blow up the earth like they did in the anime series? Food for thought.
What do you guys think? Are you excited that Warner Bros. is giving a live-action Robotech movie another shot at some big-screen glory? Do you believe Andy Muschietti is the right man for the job?