Inspired by the success of the live-action Transformers franchise, Warner Brothers is now reportedly looking to adapt Robotech, the beloved US animated series that was based on three classic Japanese robot anime series that aired in the 80s.
Warner Brothers has been interested in the project for some time now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but no specific details have been released. Slashfilm.com said that the emergence of a trailer for a fan-made movie a few weeks ago probably spurred on the studio to finally get serious in looking for a director. The name that has cropped up is commercial director Nic Mathieu, who is reportedly in negotiations with WB to helm the film. Mathieu does not have a feature film under his belt but his commercials have a slick, metallic, sci-fi feel that the WB might be looking for in this adaptation.
Robotech was a hugely successful mash-up of three Japanese sci-fi robot anime series that aired in Japan in the 1980s, “Super Dimension Fortress Macross,” “Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross” and “Genesis Climber Mospeada”. Produced by Harmony Gold USA in association with Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd, it had a lot of feature films and adaptations, as well as toys, collectibles and video games. Warner Brothers obviously sees the “major franchise potential” of Robotech. Now if only they can get it all together while nostalgia for this sort of adaptations is still high.