Sony has big, big plans for Robotech
My inner child is losing his goddamn mind right now.
Sony Pictures has big, big plans for the live-action Robotech franchise. Variety is reporting that Sony has purchased the rights to distribute the property, and it is already looking at it like a potential franchise with multiple films possible.
The film will be developed by Hollywood Gang Productions, who recently landed the rights to the property. Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton will produce, with Michael Gordon (300, GI Joe) writing the script.
Robotech began its life as the Japanese anime, Macross. In the 1985, the show was dubbed into English and renamed Robotech. Following the original Macross episodes, Robotech continued by dubbing two other Japanese anime, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA.
The story of Robotech begins when an advanced, alien space fortress crash lands on Earth. After years of study, the freshly united human race manages to reverse engineer the technology, creating a new type of mech that transforms from a jet to a robot (with a step in between).
The timing turns out to be fortuitous, as a warlike race comes looking for the fortress, starting a new war that threatens humanity with extinction.
The story could lead to several films from the Macross section alone, and more if they choose to incorporate the later Robotech stories, or even the multiple attempts to bring the series back.
“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 De Luca, a producer on the film, said in a statement. “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.”
Sony thinks it has a winner with Robotech. Not only are anime movies potentially a new source for Hollywood to feed on – there are always threats of a new Akira, Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson is in development, and a Japanese live-action Attack on Titan movie is gaining a lot of attention here to name just a few – a Robotech franchise has global appeal. Sony is expected to move ahead quickly with this one.
I’m going to go and let the inner child run wild for a bit.