Commercial director Nic Mathieu has been hired to direct Warner Bros. live-action reboot of Robotech, the Saturday morning cartoon based on a few different Japanese animated series about transforming robots and alien invaders. Rumors of the film have been circulating for as long as I’ve paid attention to that kind of thing and actual development has been in progress since 2007, but now producers Tobey Maguire and Akiva Goldsman are looking to speed things up.
The script has gone through a lot of writers and there isn’t an official word on whether a final script is finished, but with the positive hype Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim is carrying, it’s no surprise the brother’s Warner want to move forward as quickly as possible.
For those that don’t know, Robotech is the story of humanities struggle against alien invaders, using giant transformable robot technology developed from technology found in a giant, crashed spacecraft. Unlike the more famous Transformers, these giant robots are not sentient and require pilots. The series lasted for 85 episodes and was assembled from three Japanese series and spawned the requisite series of books, toys and role-playing games.
Signing a director is not a guarantee of anything, but it is positive news on a subject that has so far been fraught with rumor and misinformation. There’s no word on a production schedule timeline, but chances are we could see it hit theaters in a few years.
Until then, here’s something to whet your nostalgia:
Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for the find!