Variety is reporting that Sony Pictures has acquired the live-action film rights to the Robotech property, and “views the project as a potential film franchise.”
The Deadline website reported in February 2015 that the “Hollywood Gang” producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton had hired Michael Gordon to write the script. Variety reports that Sony Pictures Entertainment Group President Doug Belgrad, Columbia Pictures Production Chief Michael De Luca, and Sony Pictures Vice President of Creative Production Matthew Milam will oversee the project. The executive producers include Harmony Gold founder Frank Agrama, Gordon, and Jehan Agrama.
Robotech was Harmony Gold’s edited and rewritten 1985 adaptation of three separate anime science-fiction series: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada. The producers have yet to announce which, if any, of the three anime that the proposed live-action project will most follow, or how it will deal with the copyright dispute between Harmony Gold’s partner Tatsunoko Production and the creators of The Super Dimension Macross, which was the most popular of the three anime.
The proposed live-action film was first announced in 2007 with actor Toby Maguire involved at Warner Brothers. In 2008, Lawrence Kasdan was attached to the project as scriptwriter, with Charles Roven and Akive Goldsman joining as producers. In 2009, British TV writer Tom Rob Smith was slated to write the film’s story. In the same year, Roven backed out of the project for undisclosed reasons. In 2013, Warner Bros. was in talks to hire director Nic Mathieu to helm the film.