Have I been living under a rock or did this news just come totally out of left-field? Forget rumor or hearsay, official news has just been revealed that Warner Bros and Tobey Maguire’s production company (creatively named Maguire Entertainment) are bringing the anime classic Robotech to the big screen. Not that I ever cared much for the franchise – and I guess it was predictable given the success of Transformers – but this actually sounds really, really cool!
Reportedly aiming for a new “tentpole franchise”, the studio has been in talks for some time and Tobey Maguire looks likely to play the lead role which I would presume is that of Rick Hunter. A young circus pilot and naive pacifist, Hunter was the central character in the animated series, which was set on Earth in 2009. Embroiled in a war against the alien Zentraedi and constantly in conflict with his own personal view of war, he becomes a highly respected military commander.
The coolest bit? These guys don’t fly regular old fighter jets. No sirree. They fly ‘Mechas’ – futuristic jets that transform into enormous robots. Could it be the Transformers may meet their match at the box office once sequel time comes around?
For starters, it seems unlikely Maguire would take on a franchise like this to provide mere thrills and popcorn fluff. Rather, first impressions lead me to the assumption this could be much closer to Iron Man than Transformers in terms of narrative tone and visual style. Speaking about the project, the actor said:
We are very excited to bring Robotech to the big screen. There is a rich mythology that will be a great foundation for a sophisticated, smart and entertaining film.
Now, I don’t know about you guys out there, but I’m beginning to lose interest in Masters of the Universe and Voltron all of a sudden. They, along with the ‘robots in disguise’, might have been my big pieces of nostalgia for the ’80s but… heck… I’m beginning to think Robotech‘s where it’s at for the new millennium! At least it sounds like some brains are involved.
Bring it on!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter