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.
2010 marks 25 years since the American release of Robotech, the localized version of Japanese anime classic Macross. To celebrate, the Van Nuys Airtel Plaza will play host this weekend to RT25: The Celebration [via Mania.com], a two-night fete featuring an impressive number of the original voice cast and US production team. Highlights include Tony Oliver (voice of Rick Hunter), Melanie MacQueen (voice of Lisa Hayes), and Rebecca Forstadt (voice of Lynn Minmei). It’s not clear from the site who exactly is sponsoring the event, though it certainly doesn’t appear to be Harmony Gold, the series’ original producer, or Manga Entertainment, its current rights-holder. I have to admit: the purist in me wants to scorn this Americanized version of a truly great series. But, having watched it on TV as a kid I suspect I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for the sometimes-campy dub. Registration for RT25 is closed as of September 1st, but diehard fans in the LA area always have the option to crash. Hit the jump for some classic Robotech clips.
With the success of 80′s properties like Transformers and G.I. Joe at the box office, it’s little wonder that movie studios are looking at what else they can grab from that decade so they can mine it for box office gold. As most of you know, Hollywood is trying to make Robotech, He-Man and Voltron movies, and while those could be very cool, the one 80′s property I’ve always wanted to see is Thundercats.
I don’t know why this cartoon means so much to me (maybe it’s the cool logo), but I’ve always thought the story of humanoid cats fleeing their exploding world was ripe with potential. Also, Mumm-Ra was awesome. But even though I’d love to see it, I’ve spoken to a few reliable sources and they tell me the movie is no longer happening at Warner Bros. I wish I wasn’t reporting that news.
But if you’re a fan of Thundercats toys and video games, then I got some good news for you as well. Hit the jump for more: