Sony to produce Robotech movie franchise

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It looks like it’s finally happening! Back in February, we wrote an article stating that a live-action Robotech movie could be in the works. According to the folks over at Variety, it looks like Sony Pictures will be the ones to produce this anime-to-Hollywood rendition.

As it was speculated before, Michael Gordon would be writing the script alongside Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton producing the project. This team has worked on 300, G.I. Joe, and The Immortals, so they’re no stranger to action-packed sequences on the big screen.

Michael De Luca of Columbia Pictures was fairly excited about being able to work on this film adaption with Sony. He had this to say:

“‘Robotech’ is unique in that it has always been a marriage of spectacle with human characters that seem drawn from life. That’s why we are so excited to be working with Mark and Gianni as we move forward on this project. 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.”

Mark Canton also has something to add to the mix:

“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.”

It looks like Sony didn’t want to waste any time and jumped at the first opportunity to attain the rights from Warner Bros who weren’t doing anything with it. This sounds all too familiar because when Marvel was building their comic book universe, WB sat around doing nothing (except constant Batman and Superman reboots) with the rest of their DC Universe until Marvel exploded. However I digress from the point at hand.

Sony is looking into making this into a film franchise, and it sounds quite exciting. Robotech was originally three different animes in Japan, but was clumped together when released in the U.S. back in the ’80s. If Sony is going to make this their version of The Lord of the Rings or something like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then it’s a huge gamble since this would the be first Japanese anime to actually be taken seriously in Hollywood.

Just remember though… Tom Rothman is the new head of the Sony Pictures Group, and he doesn’t have a good track record with comic book movies, and is known to have a disdain for them. I’m not sure how far his hands extend into the Sony Pictures jar, but if he has the same kind of feelings towards Japanese anime and manga, then this could be trouble. Let’s hope it all works out in the end.

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Source: Variety

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