Earlier this week, Sony announced that they had acquired the screening rights for the Robotech franchise, and that they plan on moving forward on the production of a global franchise.
While not all younger anime fans will be entirely familiar with the series, it was bit of a staple here in South Africa, airing on SABC during the mid-80’s – and something I personally grew up with before I knew what anime was.
For the uninitiated, here’s a little bit of history. In the early 80’s, Harmony Gold had acquired the rights to three distinct anime series – Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada. The problem was that all three of the series were too short to earn a slot in daytime television syndication, and producer Carl Macek was tasked with combining them, resulting in a combined series that spanned three generations – and three seperate wars between mankind and invading alien forces – but with heavily edited content and dialogue.
In any case, an initial Robotech movie will most likely focus exclusively on the first generation – The Macross Saga – which will involve a few recognisable characters – such as Rick Hunter and songbird Lynn Minmei – probably the first example of an anime idol.
In charge of the future movie adaptation are the producers and screenwriter of the movie 300, Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, and Michael Gordon.
Now, ordinarily I’m not a huge fan of adaptations of anime properties by Hollywood – since fans can easily cite a few disastrous attempts thus far. Robotech, however, might have contained anime visuals, but in many ways is a US production, so I have hopes. High hopes. I might be deluding myself. But this is a definite chance of seeing a child-hood franchise – an epic one – come to life, and I can’t help but be a little bit excited. We need a few decent new space operas (that aren’t Star Wars) and this has the potential to be one.
News source: IGN