It was less than two months ago that news broke that the long in development Robotech movie, based on the American adaptation of three distinct anime series from back in the 80s, was back at Warner Brothers. Well, a lot can change in a couple of months, especially in Hollywood. It’s now being reported that Robotech is being fast-tracked, over at Sony Pictures, not Warner Bros.
Robotech has been in “development hell” for years now. At one point, Tobey Maguire and Akiva Goldsman came on board as producers. Over the years, the Robotech movie had interest from people like Leonardo DiCaprio, Lawrence Kasdan, and most recently, commercial director Nic Mathieu, but Warner Brothers decided to not move forward with a feature film. When the rights to Robotech became free again, they were acquired by producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton, who were responsible for 300 and The Immortals. They then brought the project over to Sony. Frank Agrama of Harmony Gold, who distributed the cartoon series via syndication in the 80s, will executive produce.
According to Sony’s Michael De Luca, “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.”
In a statement, Nunnari said, “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; the characters in Robotech wrestle with both the destructive and redemptive powers of technology; nothing is more relevant today than that.” The 85 episode run of Robotech has more than enough story to mine decades worth of movie if handled right; now we just wait and see if Sony is more invested in this untapped gold mine than Warner Bros. was.