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.