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Robotech gains Star Wars writer

Robotech.jpgIt was September last year when we heard that Robotech the movie was going to be made, and since then we haven't heard anything else, until now. Word is out about a writer attached to the project, and it's not just any writer.

The man who wrote Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, Body Heat, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, The Big Chill, Silverado, Wyatt Earp and the Clash of the Titans remake is now on this project.

Now that's something to get excited about surely?

Robotech was a television cartoon series from the eighties which I loved. It told the story of a time when an alien spacecraft crashes on Earth and man exploits the technologies on board to create robots which turn into spacecraft (instead of cars, radios and game consoles!). As they begin to exploit the technology an alien race attack Earth and a group of people have to defend the planet using these new machines, learning from them as they go and trying to develop new ones.

An interesting aspect of this story is that there are multiple attacks on Earth, and the first is from the alien race whose ship had crash landed as they attempt to regain the power source of that very ship, a power source the humans are keeping and defending, putting Earth in danger. Now that could make for some interesting material there, the fact that the war might possibly be ended by handing the technology back.

I was addicted the series and was totally sucked into it from the beginning, for me it knocked any other robot based story out of the water, even Transformers (Filmstalker review).

So the news from The Hollywood Reporter through Rope of Silicon that Lawrence Kasdan is writing the story is pretty damn good news.

After all he's written some great scripts, sure he's written some not so great scripts too, but this has a lot of promise. Robotech has a rich and epic storyline and Kasdan is a great Hollywood writer, could Hollywood find something strong in this combination? I think so.



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