It has been a dream for many fans of the anime series Robotech to see that series, which has been begging for a big-screen adaptation, make the jump to the big screen. Warner Bros. has been holding onto the rights for a long time but when they became available, Sony Pictures jumped at the chance to make it happen.
Variety is reporting that Sony, along with Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton of 300 fame will be producing with Michael Gordon writing the script. Sony Pictures is looking to make this a big screen franchise that they can take the stink of having to share their Spider-Man franchise to make it work.
“‘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.”
Robotech was a hugely popular Japanese anime television series that made a huge splash in the mid-eighties in the United States. Fans of the show jump on any incarnation of the franchise, even purchasing toys from the long-since-dormant series.
“I’m thrilled to be back in business with Sony Pictures and Gianni and I look forward to working with the studio on this global franchise-driven opportunity,” said Canton, who ran the studio in the 1990s. “‘Robotech’ is a very significant and legendary part of the growth of anime into the force that it is today, and we’re excited to be adapting it for modern audiences.”
“When the rights to ‘Robotech’ became available we jumped; Mark and I knew it had what big movies in today’s world must have if they want to grab everyone: insane visuals and powerful themes,” said Nunnari. “The characters in ‘Robotech’ wrestle with both the destructive and redemptive powers of technology; nothing is more relevant today than that.”
For those of us fans that have been waiting for 30 years to see it make it to the big screen have a chance to rejoice. Then let the idea of the guys that made 300 and The Immortals are taking a shot at it. This will inevitably lead into moments of nerves and caution, but at least someone is taking the shot.