With Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim opening the floodgates for mecha adaptations, it was only a matter of time before Robotech found a home. The animated Japanese series has been in development since 2007, but is now reportedly set up at Warner Bros. with commercials director Nic Mathieu in negotiations to helm. Numerous screenwriters have been involved with the project before, but this is the first time a director is in talks with the studio. Producers embarked on a search for a director who could bring the 80s series into modern times. Needless to say, this is a big win for Mathieu and big news for Robotech fans. Hit the jump for more.
Heat Vision reports that Robotech is finally set up at Warner Bros. with Mathieu in talks to direct. The commercials helmer is known for his work with computer-generated effects, but Robotech would be his first feature debut…unless David Koepp’s The Wind or the Shawn Levy-produced sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life gives Mathieu some experience first. That film also features aliens landing on Earth, but Robotech’s story is more widely known. Taking place at a time on Earth when we’ve developed giant mecha, the robots are used to fight off three successive alien invasions. Much like Pacific Rim, which was clearly influenced by Robotech, the fate of the world rests in the hands of two young pilots.
Check out the opening of Robotech below:
And here’s an example of Mathieu’s previous work in commercials:
To anyone who’s been following my Hollywood! Adapt This! articles, you know I’m a big fan of Gundam, so a Robotech adaptation is a good sign that the mobile suits may be headed to a big screen in the near future! Let us know your thoughts on Robotech in the comments below!