Even more giant robots are headed to the big screen. The upcoming live action adaptation of Robotech has officially landed a director.
Sensing that movies featuring enormous robots are the wave of the future, the executives at Warner Bros. have given the greenlight to the live action adaptation of the anime series Robotech. According to Cinema Blend, producers have already landed a director for the project.
Helming the big-budget sci-fi flick is Nic Mathieu, a commercial director who is making his feature-length debut with the project. Although putting such a huge project in the hands of a newcomer may seem risky, Mathieu’s impressive car commercials suggest that he could be the right guy for the job. You can check some of his work at Anonymous Content.
The Hollywood Reporter explains that a live action version of Robotech has been in the works at the studio since 2007. With director Guillermo Del Toro’s giant robot flick Pacific Rim garnering quite a bit of attention, Warner Bros. has decided to move forward with the project.
Matthew Plouffe, Joby Harold, Tory Tunnell, Akiva Goldsman and Tobey Maguire will co-produce the upcoming feature.
Robotech is an animated Japanese series that ran in the United States during the 80s. Harmony Gold USA and Japan’s Tatsunoko Productions reportedly pieced together three different anime to transform Robotech into a daily syndicated series.
In short, the series followed humanity’s efforts to battle an extraterrestrial threat determined to take over the planet. In order to prevent this from happening, mankind turns to technology to develop weaponry capable of fighting the good fight. Although the film will likely draw comparisons to Pacific Rim and Michael Bay’s Transformers, the source material is actually much older than both franchises.
It’s currently unknown when Nic Mathieu’s live action adaptation of Robotech will find its way into cinemas. Are you a fan of the 80s cartoon series?