Andy Muschietti has been tapped to direct Sony’s live-action remake of the classic anime series Robotech. Prior to Muschietti, it was James Wan who Sony was courting for director but Wan went on the commit to Warner Brothers’ Aquaman movie.
Muschietti is relatively new to the directing world, having cut his teeth in the horror genre. Muschietti directed the 2017 remake of the Stephen King story It. He is also on board for the Hulu adaptation of Locke & Key, a story by Stephen King’s son Joe Hill. In 2013 Muschietti wrote and directed the film Mama which starred Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Long in development, the film is based on the 1985 anime series from Harmony Gold. In the story, robotechnology is back-engineered from a crashed alien spaceship and from that the humans develop their own Mecha technology. With their own mecha, the humans are able to fend off hordes of invading aliens.
The first, and the best, is the Macross Saga which will hopefully be what this live-action adaptation is based upon. However, a representative from Harmony Gold – who is working closely with Sony on the project – commented;
“It’s a page one rewrite. It’s a clean slate. It may share commonality in that it is based on the original series however the writers are taking a different approach to it.”
Robotech began it’s life as as two different properties. The company Revell was making Mecha model kits that were intended to be tie-ins to a D.C. Comics comic book series. Harmony Gold was also working on Macross TV. Harmony’s intended merchandising on the TV show was ground to a halt by Revell who had already put out a Robotech kit with the name “Macross” in it. in the end, both Revell and Harmony came together and thus Robotech: The Macross Saga was born.
Later this year, Titan Publishing will be releasing a 4-pack comic book set as part of Local Comic Shop Day. You can read more about that at this link: https://www.comicbooked.com/robotech/
It does seem like the time is right for a potential franchise like Robotech to become successful. With giant monsters and mecha invading the silver screen at an increased rate with movies like Transformers, Godzilla, King Kong, Pacific Rim as well as the increased emergence of anime adaptations likes Ghost in the Shell, Death Note, etc., the time is right for a well-done Robotech movie.
But please – Hollywood – make it good.