Warner Bros. Sign A Director For ROBOTECH

You might say, no Robotech, no Pacific Rim - and you could add a Hell of a lot of other properties while you're at it. According to THR, Nic Mathieu has been chosen to helm a big-screen adaptation of the classic robots VS aliens Anime..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 1/24/2013


For those not familiar with Robotech...just read the Pacific Rim synopsis! But seriously, this anime paved the way (unless I'm mistaken?) for the whole giant robot VS Alien malarkey that seems to be such a big trend in Hollywood right now. The movie has actually been in development at Warner Bros. since 2007, and has seen a host of writers come and go, but this is the first time a director has officially been signed. Akiva Goldsman and Tobey Maguire will produce along with Matthew Plouffe, Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell. This will mark Nic Mathieu's - a commercial director - first movie gig, but he is also attached to direct The Wind, a David Keopp-written sci-fi project that WB picked up on the strength of his presentation. It looks like we're in for a lot of metal-V-alien carnage over the next couple of years. You game?









Source: THR
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Jollem - 1/24/2013, 6:33 PM
the art of robotech is brilliant
Spidey91 - 1/24/2013, 7:14 PM
Robotech is one of my favorites cartoons of all time,and one of the few animes I can still watch,specially Macross Saga,thou New Generation is awesome too,The Masters is just "meh"...yeah,I know is kind of a butchering of the original Macross,but I don't care :P

they better not f*ck this up
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 1/24/2013, 7:19 PM
All these Robo-, robot v. aliens movies in development how about Power Rangers, He-Man, Thundercats. No [frick]ing way we should have got a Smurfs movie and a sequel before Thundercats movie or a Dragon Ball Z movie(A good one)
superpooper - 1/24/2013, 7:23 PM
Oh [frick] yeah. It's about time.
BlueDemon - 1/24/2013, 7:28 PM
Robotech was one of my all time fav shows. I'd be more excited if I knew who the hell Nic Mathieu was...
marvel72 - 1/24/2013, 7:31 PM
hmmmmm very interesting to say the least.
IIIAdamantiumIII - 1/24/2013, 7:32 PM
MAKE IT EPIC@@@@@@@@@
BlueDemon - 1/24/2013, 7:33 PM
Awww memories
DioFoRio - 1/24/2013, 7:37 PM
@Blue..I had that toy as a kid. Loved that shit!
DioFoRio - 1/24/2013, 7:38 PM
it was zombies now it's going to be giant robots...and to that I say AMEN
Gnyah123 - 1/24/2013, 7:38 PM
so we are getting pacific rim....and this movie
BIG robots..fighting BIG monsters...then this movie BIG robots fighting Aliens....

soooo can we can a GUNDAM movie?? its been proving that it can be done wit PR sooo bring on a gundam movie!
DioFoRio - 1/24/2013, 7:38 PM
giant robot zombies?....
Jollem - 1/24/2013, 7:42 PM
@Dionysios - yeah, it's fun to watch the pop-culture changes. from vampires to ninjas to pirates to rdjr. to zombies, etc...
ZombieOverEasy - 1/24/2013, 7:44 PM
YES! I've been watching an episode of Robotech here and there over the past few weeks. Was just talking about whether this movie would ever happen earlier today with a co-worker.

I hope they do well with it.
BlueDemon - 1/24/2013, 7:51 PM
@Dionysios- You're lucky...my parents were too cheap to buy me a Robotech toy. Instead I would get this crap:

Darkknight23 - 1/24/2013, 7:57 PM
Blue Demon that's and AWESOME gif!!!!!
DioFoRio - 1/24/2013, 8:08 PM
LOL@DEMON...awwwww man, that's..that's just wrong !
DioFoRio - 1/24/2013, 8:09 PM
@jollem...so funny to see it blossom now a days from just the production side thanks to the internet...to see it happen before it really happens?..ya nah meen?
Millenium - 1/24/2013, 8:10 PM
awww my childhood, Robotech got me into anime im on cloud9 right now (just dont suck)
DioFoRio - 1/24/2013, 8:11 PM
@Demon...man that's probabbly a collectors item now. Z1-C potato
BlueDemon - 1/24/2013, 8:19 PM
@Dionysios- LOL Maybe once I clean my tears off the packaging I can sell it on EBAY
Jollem - 1/24/2013, 8:19 PM
@Dio - fer sure. a good chunk of my knowledge is still from magazines and books and comics and newspapers
Pox - 1/24/2013, 8:30 PM
I'm just curious as to what crap actress/singer is going to be Lynn Minmei cuz I want her to be cast correctly since Minmei was a crap actress/singer.

and I swear to god if they get Beyonce or some shit to be Claudia Grant I will flip the frell out.
Egg - 1/24/2013, 9:02 PM
Anyone remember the Robotech model kits in the early 80's?? Damn them things were hard as hell to assemble, especially with the Japanese instructions!
kenjim152 - 1/24/2013, 9:28 PM
If these is true we can kiss the JL movie Good bye, this has a big potential of being at least a great Trilogy.
DrainBamage - 1/24/2013, 9:49 PM
I wouldn't say Robotech paved the way for the bots vs aliens craze (I'd say that was Voltron; Beast King GoLion was out before Macross).

I wonder which story it'll follow more...Macross' or Robotech's. Personally, I liked the original Macross story. It got sort of twisted up when it was imported because the belief was that American kids wouldn't be able to follow it.
Joe6Pack74 - 1/24/2013, 10:05 PM
It would be nice to get Evangelion live action. The stuff Weta Workshop did on concept art was awesome.
ArtisticErotic - 1/24/2013, 10:06 PM
No thanks, like I said Hollywood should stay away from anime.
kenjim152 - 1/24/2013, 10:06 PM
@bluedemos is that an R2D3PO????? Man i have always want es to have one !!!!!! :)
XavierLehnsherr - 1/24/2013, 10:35 PM
Rick Hunter - Josh Hutcherson
Lisa Hayes - Adelaide Clemens
Lynn Minmei - Lee Hyo-Ri or Vivian Hsu
Max Sterling - Justin Chatwin
Miriya Parina - Camilla Belle
Roy Fokker - James Franco
Claudia Grant - Keke Palmer
Ben Dixon - Tristan Wilds
Captain Gloval - Colin Salmon
Vanessa, Kim, & Sammy - Ariel Winter, Abigail Breslin, & Jennette McCurdy

Bron, Rico, & Konda - The Jonas Brothers
Exedore - Adrian Grenier
Breetai - Clancy Brown
Khyron - Ben Foster
Dolza - Faran Tahir
superpooper - 1/24/2013, 10:47 PM
@Egg yeah, I [frick]ed up a few of those. Got [frick]ing glue everywhere. Roy Fokker dying was the most intense moment in cartoons ever at the time.
superpooper - 1/24/2013, 11:04 PM
This could potentially be really bad ass. At that time I don't think we'd seen an afterschool cartoon tackle as hard hitting issues as this one did. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe transformers and all that other crap came after this, and never even came close to the dramatic scope of this one. I'm not sure how long it had been around in Japan but in the US we didn't really have anything like it at the time, and I'm talking what like, 1984 I think it was? Maybe '85? I could look it up. Anyways, as far as space soap operas this one was the king and there is a ton of good shit to make movies out of for decades with Robotech. Now we finally have the technology to do it some justice on the big screen, so it's probably a good thing is just now becoming a reality. Bitchin. Bring that shit.
Egg - 1/24/2013, 11:06 PM
@superpooper: I hear ya! I gave up after my second model & just used all the cool parts to customize a Revell SR-71 and a couple other planes! Glad to see there's at least one other guy on here old enough to remember those!
Egg - 1/24/2013, 11:07 PM
and yep, the Robotech cartoons were on in my area about 2-3 years before Transformers & GI Joe took over everything, I'd say about 83.
mgeoff88 - 1/24/2013, 11:23 PM
Hollywood's track record with adapting anime to the big screen is terrible.

Fingers crossed Robotech turns out awesome!
Logan5 - 1/24/2013, 11:50 PM
The episode that deals with Roy Fokker's death and the manner in which it occurred and it's execution was commendable. The western format was a half hour long animated cartoon that ran Saturday mornings from '84-'86 in my hemisphere growing up and yes seeing a gerwalk.., this will work if the internet geek vocal minority allows such.
neopunch - 1/25/2013, 12:41 AM
All time favorite cartoon when I was a kid.
Tevii - 1/25/2013, 1:01 AM
Well this sucks balls. I guess I can just throw out my 130 page Robotech script I wrote. DAMN!

Pacific Rim looks great and WB cant seem to make a good CBM to save their lives. So, I wonder if after this and Pacific Rim, WB abandons Comic Book movies for anime/big robot movies.
SaxoWolf - 1/25/2013, 1:17 AM
more anime? wtf
AlexDeLarge87 - 1/25/2013, 2:54 AM
Im excited and im really scared.
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