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Warner Bros. finds a director for the upcoming Robotech adaptation

Jan. 24, 2013by: Niki Stephens

We have heard jack squat from the ROBOTECH adaptation. The last time we had a meaty story was 2007. They've been holding out on this for awhile. Warner Bros. have finally found a director to helm the project: Nic Mathieu. This will be the first feature for the helmer, who is known for the great CG in his commercials. Guess he gets to put some of those skills to use now.

Akiva Goldsman and Tobey Maguire will produce on the film. The project has been through plenty of writers, but none so far have impressed. It's good that they finally found someone to direct, I suppose. ROBOTECH is being looked at as a huge potential franchise, much like TRANSFORMERS. Time to find a cast of fresh, young faces, right? RIGHT?

The story is set at, "a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific island. 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."

Now, ROBOTECH was always one of those animes on the shelf that I always wanted to pick up, but never did. I think it had to do with the fact that no one around me had ever seen it. When I was younger, I would just grab random anime titles to check out. These days, there seems to be a bajillion anime films out, so I never know what to get without a recommendation. Any of you have Hulu? There are so many anime movies on there. So many.

You guys ready for this ROBOTECH adaptation? Or would you rather it took its robot ass elsewhere?

Source: THR

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10:46PM on 01/24/2013
Robotech (or Macross, if one prefers) is a childhood classic for me and could work as a film. But I am not sure that a first time director is right for the project. I mean, Robotech is a titanic franchise, so it really needs some skill in creating sci-fi to bring it to life. This kind of adaptation really does deserve better than what Transformers got, even if I did like the first Transformers.
Robotech (or Macross, if one prefers) is a childhood classic for me and could work as a film. But I am not sure that a first time director is right for the project. I mean, Robotech is a titanic franchise, so it really needs some skill in creating sci-fi to bring it to life. This kind of adaptation really does deserve better than what Transformers got, even if I did like the first Transformers.
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9:53AM on 01/25/2013
The MACROSS part of the anime was a good mix between Top Gun and Star Trek with a little hint of Titanic. It shouldn't be much of a stretch to adapt it to a good big budget Hollywood movie as long as they don't change it into some shallow action comedy like Transformers.
The MACROSS part of the anime was a good mix between Top Gun and Star Trek with a little hint of Titanic. It shouldn't be much of a stretch to adapt it to a good big budget Hollywood movie as long as they don't change it into some shallow action comedy like Transformers.
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1:25AM on 01/25/2013
I grew up watching Robotech, it's the most memorable mecha anime (second place is Voltus, the first mecha anime I saw; third comes Voltron). Naturally, Robotech fans such as myself would have high expectation. So, let's see how well they adapt the story. But I'm psyched! I also like the Transformers movies, though they leave me with a gap of unsatisfactory feeling. Perhaps because the Transformers anime isn't a complete package, there are discrepancies in the background story and there's
I grew up watching Robotech, it's the most memorable mecha anime (second place is Voltus, the first mecha anime I saw; third comes Voltron). Naturally, Robotech fans such as myself would have high expectation. So, let's see how well they adapt the story. But I'm psyched! I also like the Transformers movies, though they leave me with a gap of unsatisfactory feeling. Perhaps because the Transformers anime isn't a complete package, there are discrepancies in the background story and there's not really a continuous beginning-middle-end story to the series. So the screen writers were free to make up stories for the big screen using little background information for the foundation.

Robotech, however, is not like that. Robotech consists of 3 mecha anime series put together, each of which is a complete series of its own (The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada). Therefore, it should be easier for the screenwriters to work on the script, they don't have to make up a story from scratch, they just have to adapt the existing story and make it good for the big screen.

The next question then would be: how many Robotech movies are they planning to do? Would they make a trilogy of each of the anime series (a total of 9 movies for the entire Robotech series), or would they only make a trilogy of the first series?
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6:49AM on 01/25/2013

Been a fan of this ever since it came out

Macross is the original title, Harmony Gold just got the rights and changed the name. I would recommend to Niki and the writers to watch the Macross: The Movie (Do You Remember Love). Excellent animation and one of the best dogfight scenes ever in anime. I'm not sold on the director... for now.

On the other hand, I think it would be far better if the Japanese handle this. They've been doing great work with live adaptations of Uchusenkan Yamato and Rurouni Kenshin.
Macross is the original title, Harmony Gold just got the rights and changed the name. I would recommend to Niki and the writers to watch the Macross: The Movie (Do You Remember Love). Excellent animation and one of the best dogfight scenes ever in anime. I'm not sold on the director... for now.

On the other hand, I think it would be far better if the Japanese handle this. They've been doing great work with live adaptations of Uchusenkan Yamato and Rurouni Kenshin.
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11:39PM on 01/24/2013

Great.

The anime era has Arrive.
The anime era has Arrive.
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9:46PM on 01/25/2013
and the planet's survival ends up in the hands of two young pilots." Really? Dont get me wrong, a robotech franchise is something that could be great if done right, but I'm so sick of these cliche premises such as this. There is such potential in this to have a good ensemble cast as opposed to One big star saving the day(Pacific Rim comes to mind). I realize you sometimes want the one big star to move a film or franchise(ie Will Smith/Tom Cruise/etc) but it would be both nice and refreshing if
and the planet's survival ends up in the hands of two young pilots." Really? Dont get me wrong, a robotech franchise is something that could be great if done right, but I'm so sick of these cliche premises such as this. There is such potential in this to have a good ensemble cast as opposed to One big star saving the day(Pacific Rim comes to mind). I realize you sometimes want the one big star to move a film or franchise(ie Will Smith/Tom Cruise/etc) but it would be both nice and refreshing if hollywood would sometimes take a chance on something like this.
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3:13PM on 01/25/2013
Robotech had to be the most BORING cartoon ever when I was a kid. That being said, I learned to appreciate it more when I got a little older. It actually could be a good movie if done right. But they'll have to stay out of Transformers AND Pacific Rim territory.....
Robotech had to be the most BORING cartoon ever when I was a kid. That being said, I learned to appreciate it more when I got a little older. It actually could be a good movie if done right. But they'll have to stay out of Transformers AND Pacific Rim territory.....
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8:51AM on 01/25/2013

wait

so if I read this correctly DelToro stole this entire idea, made a few changes and still had the nerve to have it take place in the Pacific Rim?
so if I read this correctly DelToro stole this entire idea, made a few changes and still had the nerve to have it take place in the Pacific Rim?
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9:57AM on 01/25/2013
They're totally different genres. Pacific Rim is an homage to the old Toho giant monster movies + Evangelion. MACROSS was a space opera.
They're totally different genres. Pacific Rim is an homage to the old Toho giant monster movies + Evangelion. MACROSS was a space opera.
7:01AM on 01/26/2013
"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."
^If they actually watched MACROSS, they'd know that in the end the planet's survival ends up in the hands of a rising pop singing idol. :))
"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."
^If they actually watched MACROSS, they'd know that in the end the planet's survival ends up in the hands of a rising pop singing idol. :))
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1:06AM on 01/25/2013
I want Macross 7 adaptation instead.
I want Macross 7 adaptation instead.
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