Remember five years ago, when Akiva Goldsman and Tobey Maguire announced plans for a live-action Robotech movie? Well, odds are it’ll still wind up somewhere down the memory hole, along with the megabudget Hollywood hits like Zac Effron’s Full Metal Panic, James Cameron’s Battle Angel, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Akira, and ADV’s Evangelion movie, but… Warner Bros announced today that they have pinned a director for the project: Nic Mathieu.
If that name means nothing to you, you’re just like everyone else. Mathieu has never done a feature film before, but has experience with commercials, which doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence. Exempli gratia:
Anyhow, Robotech is a legal minefield anyway, due to the messed-up relation between Studio Nue, Tatsunoko, and Harmony Gold (a big part of much of Macross never getting a US release), leading to speculation about whether a live-action Robotech could even legally get cinema-play in Japan. With details this fuzzy, it’s hard not to be ambivalent, but if the film does materialize to great success, we could potentially see some cool stuff (rampant speculation based on 1998 Godzilla experience ahead):
– to meet demand, Macross 7, Macross Frontier, and Macross: Do You Remember Love managing to finally work their way out of Japan (like how Godzilla 1998 inspired the release of 5 heisei Godzilla movies)
– to react to the American version, Japan makes a new Macross project (see: Godzilla 2000)
– mockbuster studios like The Asylum and Syfy announce live-action versions of Astro Plan and Space Gundam V (see: Yonggary)
Only time will tell.
via bleeding cool