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Robotech Coming To The Big Screen

Postby Ian on Fri Sep 07, 2007 2:43 pm

After the success of Transformers, its not too surprising that this big robot franchise is going to be made into a movie. Oddly enough, its being produced by Tobey Maguire.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/con ... dedc4bd442

After slipping on a mask for Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire might be slipping into a giant robot for "Robotech."

After a lengthy negotiation, Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up the rights to bring anime classic "Robotech," which featured giant robots known as mechas, to the big screen. Maguire is producing through his Maguire Entertainment banner and is eyeing the lead role in what the studio plans on being a tentpole sci-fi franchise.

"We are very excited to bring 'Robotech' to the big screen," Maguire said. "There is a rich mythology that will be a great foundation for a sophisticated, smart and entertaining film."

Drew Crevello also is producing through his Supercool Hollywood BigTime Prods. Craig Zahler ("The Brigands of Rattleborge") has been tapped to write the screenplay.

"Robotech" was a cartoon series during the 1980s from Harmony Gold USA and Tatsunoko Prods. It was re-edited and re-dialogued to combine three Japanese anime series to give the producers enough episodes to air as a daily syndicated series.

A sprawling sci-fi epic, "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 three successive waves of alien invasions. The first invasion concerns a battle with a race of giant warriors who seek to retrieve their flagship's energy source known as "protoculture," and the planet's survival ends up in the hands of two young pilots.

Frank Agrama of rights-holder Harmony Gold will exec produce; Jason Netter will serve in a producer capacity.

Matthew Reilly brought the project to Warners and is overseeing. Daniel Shafer brought the project to Maguire and will shepherd for the company.


It's going to be interesting to see how close the movie stays to the original story. The Macross saga alone could be turned into a trilogy.
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Postby Wesociety on Sat Sep 08, 2007 2:12 pm

Cool! I hope they do a good job on the film. :P
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Re: Robotech Coming To The Big Screen

Postby Ian on Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:43 pm

It looks like they're finally moving ahead with the movie. Lawrence Kasdan has been hired to write the script.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080616/film_nm/kasdan_dc
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