Sony Pictures has secured the live-action film rights to the popular anime series “Robotech” which they plan to turn into a potential franchise.
The original 1985 show was actually a combination of three different Japanese television shows – footage from “Super Dimensional Fortress Macross,” “Super Dimensional Cavalry Southern Cross,” and “Genesis Climber Mospeada” was cobbled together and redubbed to create an original 85-episode animated series that could be syndicated across U.S. markets.
As a result, a lot of rewriting and editing had to be done to stitch together three unrelated series to portray it as one cohesive storyline that spans three generations. To this day, the first season (based on the ‘Macross’ series) remains the most well-regarded.
Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton (“300,” “Immortals”) are producing and Michael Gordon (“300,” “GI Joe”) is writing the script. Various people have tried to adapt the series into a film over the past decade including Tobey Maguire, Akiva Goldsman, Lawrence Kasdan, Nic Mathieu, Jody Harold, and Alfred Gough & Miles Millar.