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Robotech film finally happening?

Robotech.jpgIt seems like finally we're going to see a Robotech film, and probably in no small part thanks to Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim which is undoubtedly heavily influenced by the eighties cartoon series and the string of comic books.

Back in September of 2007 we heard that Warner Bros. was going to start production on a film version and then in June 2008 the news was that a writer had been attached to the project, and an ex-Star Wars writer at that.

That seemed really positive news for the film version of Robotech as it was none other than Lawrence Kasdan who was set to write the script for the film, he previously wrote films such as 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 more. After that though the project went quiet and we never really heard that much from it again, my guess is that the story and script required a big budget and effects that just seemed too much at the time.

Now that we're seeing Guillermo del Toro's film Pacific Rim bring big robots to life there seems to be a resurgence in Robotech.

Robotech was a television cartoon series from the eighties which was adapted from comics. 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. 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. It seems that the alien race are the previous owners and want it all back, Earth meanwhile are less than willing.

It was a great cartoon and one that I fell in love with really early on, so I was always a little sad when I heard that the film never made it through to being a reality.

However that looks set to change according to The Hollywood Reporter through First Showing as they reveal that the same studio, Warner Bros., have just picked up a director for the project.

According to the story a slew of writers have been through the script and the producers on the project since the beginning include Akiva Goldsman and Tobey Maguire, producers who have kept going with the project all these years.

They also point out that the cartoon series was re-edited from the Japanese television series, something I did know, but they say that it was actually edited together from three different cartoon series to make enough episodes. Now that is weird, so some of what Robotech was to me probably came through the editors and not the original material.

Anyway, back to the point in hand, the film version is happening and there's a director attached. However the director is a newcomer famed for his commercial work. That said there are a good number of directors in Hollywood who started out that route and have made a big name for themselves in features, lest we not forget the background of the Scott brothers?

Nic Mathieu is the man who is set to direct the film and he also has two other projects on his to-do list with The Wind and Story of Your Life, both science fiction films. As has happened before whichever is released first will dictate how much leeway and budget he's given for the next, or even if he's kept on as the director for the next, so if Robotech is last then his other two films better go well.

As I mentioned last time I talked about the plot for the film, the idea that Earth is defending itself from an attack of a race who just want their own spaceship and technology back is a bit more interesting than the standard story you might expect, it could deliver an interesting story as well as a science fiction spectacular.



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