Sony snags Robotech rights with plans for live action film franchise

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Mar 26, 2015, 1:02 PM EDT (Updated)

Fans have been waiting a long time for news about a potential live-action Robotech film, and it seems those prayers might soon be answered.

According to Variety, Sony has secured the rights to the beloved 1980s anime sci-fi series and sees the brand as having franchise potential. The studio has tapped Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton (300, The Immortals) to produce, while Michael Gordon (300, GI Joe) has been hired to write the script. The initial report describes the franchise as a potential Independence Day meets Star Wars pitch, which could be a good approach to bring the series to the big screen.

“Robotech is unique in that it has always been a marriage of spectacle with human characters that seem drawn from life,” Columbia Pictures Production Chief Michael De Luca said. “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.”

The Robotech series was adapted from three original Japanese series, and essentially tracks the discovery of an alien starship that leads humanity to develop new technology and mechs to fight off alien invaders. The series itself has been through close to a dozen different versions over the years, ranging from the 1985 original series to some new anime film sequels in the 2000s.

Of course, as fans are likely aware, this isn’t the first time there have been rumblings of a live-action Robotech. Warner Bros. had Tobey Maguire and Akiva Goldsman lined up to produce a version of the story for several years, though it never materialized. Everyone from Lawrence Kasdan to Leonardo DiCaprio has been linked to it in the years since, but again, nothing. Hopefully, now that Sony has the rights, this thing will finally get off the ground.

Are you glad to see Robotech might finally make it to the big screen? Do you think it has the potential to be a tentpole sci-fi franchise?

(Via Variety)