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Sony acquires rights to live-action Robotech movie from Warner Bros.

03.26.2015
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Last month we learned 300 and G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA scribe Michael Gordon had been hired to write the script for Warner Bros.' live-action ROBOTECH movie, but now Variety is reporting Sony Pictures has picked up the film rights to the animated series. Gordon will still pen the script for the adaptation, and Hollywood Gang's Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton are also still attached to the planned film as producers. Sony is reportedly fast-tracking ROBOTECH, and "views the project as a potential film franchise."

Mark Canton on ROBOTECH heading to Sony:

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. ‘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.

I'm not very familiar with Robotech, meaning I know it exists and it involves aliens and robotic technology, but that's about it. There have been several attempts at a live-action movie based on the series, so hopefully Sony will have some better luck with the property.

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Source: Variety

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2:05AM on 03/27/2015
This is good news,
With this picked up, I'm hoping someone picks up the rights for a good Gundam Wing film!

This is good news,
With this picked up, I'm hoping someone picks up the rights for a good Gundam Wing film!

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8:59PM on 03/26/2015
Well, Robotech is somewhat problematic with three different parties owning parts of the whole Macross franchise in Japan and Harmony Gold owning only the international distribution rights of the original Macross they bought from the original series' production company. Also, the Harmony Gold dubs and subsequent adaptations were crap. On one hand it's great that they're adapting the Macross part (since it's the only good part of Robotech anyway) but on the other hand I don't like how this is an
Well, Robotech is somewhat problematic with three different parties owning parts of the whole Macross franchise in Japan and Harmony Gold owning only the international distribution rights of the original Macross they bought from the original series' production company. Also, the Harmony Gold dubs and subsequent adaptations were crap. On one hand it's great that they're adapting the Macross part (since it's the only good part of Robotech anyway) but on the other hand I don't like how this is an adaptation of Robotech instead of the original Macross. Of course, the movie may not even going to get made anyway.
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2:42PM on 03/26/2015

This is all kinds of awesome!!

Loved Robotech and still do. I hope they do it right. Looking forward to hear what direction they take with it.
Loved Robotech and still do. I hope they do it right. Looking forward to hear what direction they take with it.
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10:46AM on 03/26/2015
I used to watch Robotech as a kid and Macross as a teenager but I'm still confused which is which. Sometimes I think this is Macross but it's actually Robotech or vice versa. Still, great to hear that Robotech movie is in the work.
I used to watch Robotech as a kid and Macross as a teenager but I'm still confused which is which. Sometimes I think this is Macross but it's actually Robotech or vice versa. Still, great to hear that Robotech movie is in the work.
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12:51PM on 03/26/2015
"Robotech" was three diferent japanese cartoons that when they were dubbed in english they altered their plots to make it seem they were conected. The first one of those is known in Japan as "Super Dimensional Fortress Macross".
"Robotech" was three diferent japanese cartoons that when they were dubbed in english they altered their plots to make it seem they were conected. The first one of those is known in Japan as "Super Dimensional Fortress Macross".
9:03PM on 03/26/2015
If you watch the newer Macross series, they are direct Japanese sequels of the original Macross series that was dubbed as Robotech in the US. Harmony Gold's claim to the licensing rights for the US made it virtually impossible for Japan to export more Macross franchise stateside.
If you watch the newer Macross series, they are direct Japanese sequels of the original Macross series that was dubbed as Robotech in the US. Harmony Gold's claim to the licensing rights for the US made it virtually impossible for Japan to export more Macross franchise stateside.
9:21PM on 03/26/2015
Ah, right. I keep confusing between the two. I haven't watched any Macross since Macross 7.
Ah, right. I keep confusing between the two. I haven't watched any Macross since Macross 7.
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