After tackling one of Marvel’s Avengers, Hawkeye director Rhys Thomas has set his bow and arrow on Robotech. Yes! The popular 80s anime TV series!
A film adaptation of the anime is currently in development with Sony Pictures and Thomas is set to direct it. The Robotech script is being written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway.
Consisting of 85 episodes, the original Robotech anime series is set in a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology of an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific island and now is using that technology to fight off an impending alien invasion. It’s pretty much the inspiration behind Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.
Whilst Robotech actually mixes three different Japanese animes – Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA – it was sold as a single series in the West and helped make Mecha stories popular in America.
Before Thomas jumped on the Robotech train, the film was set to be helmed by It director Andrés Muschietti. Wonder Woman co-writer Jason Fuchs was also initially expected to write the script but left the project together with Muschietti.
There’s still no release date for the Robotech film. However, with a new director officially announced, it shouldn’t take long for Sony to unveil more details about the project.