Sony Pictures is getting all the pieces together to develop its upcoming film version of 1980s anime classic Robotech. In the TV Series, placed in a near future, an alien battle fortress crash lands on an island in the South Pacific. Over the next ten years, mankind repairs and refits this fortress, using the advanced “robotechnology” found aboard her to create fighter planes that can transform into giant robots. As soon as the repaired fortress is ready for launch, the aliens to whom she belongs finally discover its location. Thus begins a series of wars that will devastate the planet Earth. The series also had an anime feature film called Robotech: The Movie (1986).
Since Sony Pictures bought the rights for Robotech, they have been working on producing a “real people” feature film. The Hollywood Reported published yesterday in exclusive the name of the director in charge of the film adaptation. James Wan was one of the favorites for Sony to take care of the production, but since he is focused on the development of Aquaman (2018), the job has been passed to Andy Muschietti. With only one film on his resumé, the horror feature Mama (2013), the Argentinian filmmaker is one of the directors in hype in Hollywood. His is the remake of the Stephen King’s novel adaptation It (2017), which recently was completed filming and is expected to hit theaters this fall.
At the moment there is no confirmed writer for the script, so it is wise to think producers will rely on Andy Muschietti and his frequent collaborator and sister Barbara Muschietti to take care of the text. The cast is also unknown, as well and the filming schedules and the expected release date.
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