Move over Warner Brothers, you kept the fans waiting long enough. Sony has announced that it has secured the rights to Robotech and the studio plans to quickly develop a live-action movie. Not only that but views the project as a possible film franchise.
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.
“‘Robotech’ is unique in that it has always been a marriage of spectacle with human characters that seem drawn from life,” said De Luca. “That’s why we are so excited to be working with Mark and Gianni as we move forward on this project. With a history that offers an epic love triangle, a renegade hero, and a world on the brink of extinction, ‘Robotech’ offers a wide scope and a rich and impressive universe where the story possibilities are endless.”
It seems like De Luca understands the magical part of the series fans love so much and is committed to translating that onto the big screen. All great news to the fans indeed! Flops like Speed Racer weren't too reassuring under the Warner Brothers belt. However, Sony Pictures normally has a bit of comedic appeal in their movies: Ghostbusters, Men In Black. Which might fit it just right with Robotech. As Variety.com mentions:
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.
Whatever direction the RLAM heads from here, one thing is for sure. At the very least, we will now have a new slide to look at during Robotech Conventions.