Sony Pictures sees Robotech as a potential blockbuster and plans to make a live-action feature. Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton from 300 and The Immortals will produce the project and Michael Gordon of the 300 and GI Joe fame will write the script. The Robotech series depicts the use of robot robot technology to fight alien invaders. This project is being dubbed by many as Independence Day meets Star Wars. The film certainly has a global appeal and could be a major blockbuster.
Robotech derives from popular Japanese TV shows that became popular back in the 1980s. The series became so big that it inspired video games, toys, collectibles and role playing games.
It must be mentioned that the Robotech has quite a messy history behind it. The movie rights have were rumoured to have been in several hands before Sony Pictures bought them. Even Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio tried to make it into a movie, but the project was never really finalised into a movie.
A bit of a background may be necessary. In the 1980’s, three Japanese anime series were picked up by Harmony Gold and “merged” to create a new show. Because the merging happened across unrelated series, the result was quite disappointing and the result messy. Back then, Harmony Gold said it combined these unrelated series because of the American weekday syndication television, which required a minimum of 65 episodes at the time. It’s still not known whether Shoji Kawamori, one of the eco-creators of Marcross and a highly respected name in Japanese animation industry is involved with this project, which is worrying. He could give some good insight to the movie makers.
Irrespective of how things turn out, one thing is for sure: the Robotech series is one of the most interesting projects for Japanese anime fans in a very long time.