There are many cartoons from the 1980's that haven't seen the light of day through a remake. We've seen success stories like the Transformers movies and near misses like GI Joe. Yet, I want to talk about another cartoon altogether. I have a bias for this particular show because when I was a kid, I would wake up every Saturday morning before the sun rises to catch this show at 6am.
YEP, Robotech! The Japanese Anime show telling the tale of an alien ship that crash landed on Earth; holding secrets to a new wave of robot technology. ROBOTECH was a staple in the early wave of Japanese anime cartoons alongside Voltron and many others that became cult favorites.
Variety reported that SONY has purchased the movie rights to ROBOTECH and hopes to move on the project quickly;
"The studio hopes to move quickly into production on the live-action feature, with Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton (“300,” “The Immortals”) producing and Michael Gordon (“300,” “GI Joe”) writing the script. The series centered on humanity’s use of robot technology to fend off alien invaders and has an “Independence Day” meets “Star Wars” vibe. It is seen as having the global appeal necessary to become a blockbuster property.
The project will be overseen at Sony Pictures by Sony Pictures Entertainment Group President Doug Belgrad, Columbia Pictures Production Chief Michael De Luca, and Sony Pictures Vice President of Creative Production Matthew Milam."
YES! There you have it friends. We're finally seeing a little light in regards to a Robotech remake. There are three storylines in regards to the cartoon series, and a few stand alone movies that came after in attempts to revive the excitement the cartoon brought. Fans of this iconic show will all agree that you can't do anything other then tell the MACROSS SAGA first in any remake project.
THAT means we tell the story of Rick Hunter and the SDF-1.
Robotech is and always will have a place in the hearts of the many fans that have enjoyed this story. SONY going forward and purchasing the rights proves that this franchise has extreme potential to be EPIC on-screen if done right.