Warner Brothers Acquires Robotech Rights

The Hollywood Reporter mentions that after a lengthy negotiation, Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up the rights to bring anime classic “Robotech,” which featured giant robots known as mechas, to the big screen. Spiderman actor Toby Maguire is producing through his Maguire Entertainment banner and is eyeing the lead role in what the studio plans on being a tent pole sci-fi franchise. “We are very excited to bring ‘Robotech’ to the big screen,” Maguire said. “There is a rich mythology that will be a great foundation for a sophisticated, smart and entertaining film.” Drew Crevello also is producing through his Supercool Hollywood Big Time Prods. Craig Zahler (“The Brigands of Rattleborge”) has been tapped to write the screenplay. Frank Agrama of rights-holder Harmony Gold will exec produce; Jason Netter will serve in a producer capacity. Matthew Reilly brought the project to Warners and is overseeing. Daniel Shafer brought the project to Maguire and will shepherd for the company. Robotech is based on the Mosepada, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross and Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, anime franchises.

Indie Osaka Anime Series Seeks To Draw Foreign Tourism

FANWORKS has launched its From Osaka With Cheer animation series online. In cooperation with Osaka Prefecture and the Osaka Sightseeing Association, the group is producing a number of anime shorts, appealing to foreign tourists worldwide. The first episode is freely available online now with Japanese, English, Korean, Cantonese and Mandarin subtitles.

Pizza Hut Ties Up With Latest Evangeline Film

American based restaurant chain Pizza Hut has struck up a new web campaign/partnership for its Japanese stores involving the new Eva movie. Online orders and club members can get an oversized Ayanami Rei cardboard cutout as well as special wallpapers.

NEC Computers GOLGO 13 Campaign

NEC’s ULTRALITE computer brand has adopted Takao Saito’s James Bond style manga assassin Duke Togo as part of a new promotional campaign. A Golgo 13 manga strip informs buyers as to the various features of the computers, fans are offered a free Wallpaper with clock and calendar features as well.

Gundam 00 To Be With Us Until 2009

At the big Gundam 00 preview event held at Nakano Sun Plaza this past weekend, show staff mentioned that although the 1st TV season of Gundam 00 will only run 25 episodes (6 months) followed by an undetermined “break period” and then in the second season, the effort will be a 3 year project when all is said and done. When it does eventually wrap up it will be sometime in 2009, a year which marks the 30th anniversary of the franchise.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Anime First Look

TV Tokyo is gearing up to start broadcast of the new Pocket Monster spinoff anime Pokemon Fushigi No Danjon Ji No Tanken Tai Yami No Tanken Tai on September 9th. Dengeki Online has some of the first cut frame stills. The storyline is based on the most recent Pokemon Mystery Dungeon video game series.

Umisho Hits PS2

Degeki Online is now hosting some images from the forthcoming Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho PS2 game. The release is planned for October 25 for 7,140 Yen. A special limited edition will be sold for 9,870 Yen with a special Drama CD and OST disc.

Fist Creator’s New Children’s Animation

Hokuto No Ken mangaka Tetsuo Hara’s children oriented anime property Mori no Senshi Bonolon will begin running on satellite broadcaster Kids Station on November 5th. The work is based on a picture book series distributed free of charge in 2005 in convenience stores and shops.

Cinnamon Voice Leads Selected

2007 marks the 5th anniversary of Sanrio’s character property Cinnamon Roll. The Madhouse animated film released in Japanese theaters during the winter vacation period on December 22nd. On the 5th it was announced that Satomi Ishihara and Jinnai Tomonori would play the leads of Anna and Chowder respectively.

Less Punch In Your Pocky

Ezaki Glico has announced it’s cutting the content of its “Pocky Chocolate”, “Men’s Pocky”, and “Pocky Extra Fine products by about 10% (from 80 to 72 grams) as of October 2nd. The reason cited is the soaring prices of ingredients such as dairy products used in the chocolate due to the recent rises in the crude oil market.