Sony's 'Robotech' Movie Gains 'It' Director Andy Muschietti

Monday, 17 July 2017 - 8:05PM
Monday, 17 July 2017 - 8:05PM
Sony's 'Robotech' Movie Gains 'It' Director Andy Muschietti
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After ten years stuck in development hell, Sony's Robotech movie might actually be making progress. The studio has announced that Andy Muschietti, the director of the upcoming remake of Stephen King's It, has not joined the project, taking over for James Wan, who's currently busy with DC's Aquaman movie.

This is good news for fans of giant robots, sprawling space operas, and low budget Japanese anime shows from the 1980s. The original Robotech won a place in many young viewers' hearts for its ambitious storytelling (not to mention its enormous robot fights), despite its American release being a merger of three different Japanese shows in order to make as many episodes as possible. Those shows were called Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada, thankfully shortened into just Robotech.



There is, however, one problem with the Robotech movie. The story involves humanity using giant robots to defend the Pacific Ocean from alien invaders - in other words, it's awfully similar to Pacific Rim, which is getting a sequel that'll hit theaters long before this movie is ready to release. This is the problem of a movie that gets stuck in the planning stage for too long - by the time it's actually ready to make, its core idea might not feel as unique as it did at the time of the film's inception.

Sony needs a win, so the company is unlikely to shelve the project purely based on its similarity to existing movies. If there's a potential for this to be spun out into a big franchise like Transformers, then Sony will almost definitely do everything possible to make it happen.

After all, there's no guarantee that audiences will reject Robotech simply because of its cosmetic similarities with established franchises. Sony's current business model isn't one to stray away from movies that look as similar to other films as possible, as is evidenced by their plans for an R-rated comic book action comedy in the vain of Deadpool that stars Venom.

If Sony can cast the right creators and editors, and if the script is strong enough, this might just turn out to be a great way of riding the current popularity of giant robot smashy movies.

Ultimately, Sony is banking on the hope that you can never have too many films about exploding robots fighting killer aliens for the fate of the planet. And honestly, in the current movie climate, that's a pretty safe bet.

Via: Hollywood Reporter

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