Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 1:00 pm
After undergoing various stages of development, the long-gestating Robotech is being brought back to life over at Warner Bros.
Based on the anime of the same name, Robotech was first launched in the 1980s in Japan, and was eventually adapted for a US audience by Frank Agrama and Harmony Gold. In the series, humans have adapted alien technology found on the South Pacific Isle, and used it to create giant fighting machines, often referred to as Mecha. These mecha defend Earth from the waves of extraterrestrial threats.
Hit the jump to see who Warner Bros. is eyeing to direct the adaptation.
Deadline says that WB wants Andy Muschietti to direct the film. Muschietti is best known for directing Mama, starring Jessica Chastain. He is currently attached to direct the movie based on the hit video game Shadow of Colossus.
Tobey Maguire, Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold, Millar Gough, and Lawrence Kasdan have all expressed interest in adapting Robotech, but none of them were able to do so. Even Leonardo DiCaprio was rumored to be interested in the film. Now WB-based producers Hollywood Gang, with Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton will produce, with 300 and G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra scribe Michael Gordon set to write.
We still don’t know much about the film itself. Robotech has stalled numerous times before, and it won’t be any less surprising if the adaptation stalls once more. But the film could be based on any number of stories. The series was broken down into three major wars with humans fighting aliens over a powerful energy source called “Protoculture.” That could be the connective thread for the probable franchise.