This has me excited…Sony gave a press release today announcing that they have obtained the rights to the popular Robotech anime series with an eye on turning it into a film franchise!
Robotech was released in the U.S. in 1985, produced by Harmony Gold USA in partnership with Tatsunoko Production Company, and was actually three separate anime series (“Super Dimension Fortress Macross”, “Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross”, and “Genesis Climber MOSPEADA”), dubbed and edited to have a common plot line, showing three “generations” of characters. The common theme in the series is what is called “robotechnology” (a.k.a. “mecha”) – vehicles and spaceships which could transform into robots, which allowed the humans to take on aliens of immense size. It also spawned a number of direct-to-video movies.
According to Michael de Luca, Sony/Columbia Pictures head of production, “Robotech is unique in that it has always been a marriage of spectacle with human characters that seem drawn from life. 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.”
I always thought the premise of the first series was perfect for a film or TV franchise – an enormous spaceship crashes on Earth, the crew dead and containing advanced and unknown technologies which get adapted by humans who take the ship back into space – and into battle…
Hey Sony, I’m still waiting for an English-language live version of StarBlazers…
Well, at least we know that the long-gestating live-action Robotech feature is still alive…Latino Review is reporting that while Disney’s heating-up casting for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII is going after big game, one prize target they apparently had in mind has already said no.
Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic) has reportedly said NO to Star Wars, instead wanting to work on a different SF epic – Robotech. A live action version of the 80s anime mashup (it was really three unrelated-beyond-mech-tech anime series edited and dubbed together to produce a three-part story) that has been in development since 2007 with Toby Maguire (Spider-Man) as a producer and then-possible star. It’s passed through some writers but only recently got a director in Nic Mathieu, a newcomer to feature films but a successful dramatic commercial director.
In general I’m looking forward to Robotech hopefully getting made – I think CGI technology is sufficient to pull it off now. But as for Leo, all I can think of is, “Whaddayanutz?”