Like many projects hoped for, some come and disappoint. Others, we are teased by and never come to fruition, and some we just endlessly, quietly hope for.
In my case, quiet hope just may pay off.
In late 2007 there was news that Tobey Maguire’s production company, Maguire Entertainment, was going to produce a live action version of Robotech after Warner Bros. got themselves the movie rights to the franchise. Back then, I just figured it was all hype.
Now the rumor is being updated with news that Lawrence Kasdan will be the writer for the Robotech project. Along with Kasdan, Frank Agrama and Jason Netter will be the executive producers. Tobey Maguire and Drew Crevello along with Akiva Goldsman and Chuck Roven will produce.
In case you don’t remember, Robotech was an epic cartoon from the 80’s that was a combination of three Japanese anime series. In it, Earth used giant robots that they developed from alien technology to defend Earth from the ensuing alien invasions.
When you talk giant robots, you’ve got a lot of different options out there. Obviously Power Rangers have taken the giant robot thing way beyond where it needed to go. Then you’ve got Voltron*, a bit like the previous noted heroes, but shaped like lions. Of course, there was Johnny Soko and his Giant Robot, and another favorite of mine in my youth, Jet Jaguar, who first appeared in Godzilla vs. Megalon. Ah, the memories.
With Transformers having come and gone to the silver screen we know the technology is there to create a very clean and satisfying rendition of these types of characters/machines in a movie. With Robotech the potential of joining the visual effects with the epic tale of its history gives us a myriad of possibilities. I reference “epic” because it was a fairly complicated and evolving storyline for a cartoon.
Do I have hope for the movie coming out and being entertaining? I do. Why? In the tiny chance you don’t recognize the writer’s name, some of his credits include the screenplays for a few other small flicks like Return of the Jedi, The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, so I’m thinkin’ this might be a pretty interesting product when it comes out.
Anyone else agree? (This is where you’re supposed to say yes!)
*BTW: Voltron rumors from August 2007 say the Mark Gordon Company may adapt the multi-lion ‘bot’ into a movie.
Source: Hollywood Reporter, FirstShowing.net