ROBOTECH Coming to the Big Screen
Robotech was one of my favorite cartoons as a kid. I loved the idea of humans controlling giant machines to smash the snot out of each other. Hey, I was, like, eight years old.
It's still cool!
Robotech (at least the English-language version) had three storylines, taking place during three different periods in Earth's future-history. As far as I was concerned, though, the series was divided into robo-jet fighters, hover-tanks, and... wait for it... motorcycles that transformed into suits of armor. I totally wanted one of those, even though they looked tough to balance in. I still kinda do want one.
Anyway, the movie. Right.
Tobey Maguire, of Spider-Man fame, will be producing (and possibly starring in) a film based on the series. I bet it'll be the jet-fighter segment of the Robotech saga. The villians therein were giant blue warriors who cruised around in two-legged assault pods that looked like something out of Empire Strikes Back. A sub-plot involved three of the giant baddies who got shrunk down to human-size and tried to blend in to human society, with high-larious results.
The filmmaking technology and techniques exist to actually pull this off, between CGI builds and the sort of forced-perspective shooting that created the hobbits in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings. I'd personally prefer a dirtier look (Battlestar Galactica/Firefly) to anything antiseptically "futuristic". One thing I loved about the show was how the humans had to deal with all this new technology that they barely knew how to control.
Ideal Cast List (Character References):
(Assuming Tobey Maguire plays Rick Hunter)
Lisa Hayes- Maggie Q
Minmei- Ziyi Zhang
Roy Fokker- Kevin McKidd
Max Stirling- Macaulay Culkin
Breetai- Ving Rhames
Exedore- Brian Cox
Of course, carte blanche for giving characters Pantone hair colors.
Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire will produce and may star in a film based on the classic SF anime Robotech, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Warner Brothers Pictures picked up the rights to Robotech, which features giant robots known as mechas. Maguire is producing through his Maguire Entertainment banner and is eyeing the lead role in what the studio plans as an SF franchise a la Paramount's hit Transformers.
Drew Crevello also is producing through his Supercool Hollywood BigTime Productions. Craig Zahler has been tapped to write the screenplay.