Sony To Develop Live-Action Robotech Films, Hopes For A Franchise
Sony Pictures has acquired rights to the popular anime series Robotech and considers the project a potential film franchise, according to Variety. Warner Bros. originally had the rights to the film, but the studio never moved forward with a feature film.
Now Sony Pictures plans to "to move quickly into production" and use it as a start of a multi-film franchise. Writer Michael Gordon (300, G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra) was hired to write the script, but the studio hasn't announced the director for the film. I think this has potential to be a unique franchise. I haven't seen the original 80's anime series, but from what I've heard, it sounds like it has more depth than Transformers and Pacific Rim combined. Here's Robotech's synopsis:
Robotech takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific isle. Mankind is forced to use the technology to fend off an alien invasion, with the fate of the human race ending up in the hands of two young pilots.
Robotech was a series of Japanese anime shows that made their way over to the United States in the 1980's, eventually spawning books, role playing games, collectibles, and video games. Producer Gianni Nunnari expressed his interest on the project and how Robotech's themes apply to today's society:
“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.”
That's great to know that they're not just aiming to create another robot movie with merely just explosions and CGI chaos; Robotech's character-driven focus and compelling story make it a franchise worthy of seeing. I can't wait to see them bring this series to life.