Sony’s live-action Robotech movie to be directed by Andy Muschietti has recruited Wonder Woman writer Jason Fuchs. Production on Robotech will reportedly not begin until after Muschietti has finished making IT: Chapter Two, the sequel to his blockbuster horror movie IT.
Robotech began life in 1985 as an 85-episode anime series cobbled together from three separate Japanese series and dubbed into English. The story set far in the future involves a war between humans and aliens, which sees the humans arming themselves with robotic technologies reverse-engineered from the remnants of a crashed alien spacecraft. Several animated movies followed the series, and a live-action adaptation began to be developed in 2007 with Tobey Maguire originally attached. At a later point, James Wan was involved with the project before leaving to devote himself to Aquaman.
At one time Lawrence Kasdan was reportedly hired to write a Robotech script, but many years and production teams have passed since that iteration of the project, and now the task of writing Robotech will fall to Jason Fuchs, as reported by Deadline. Fuchs and Muschietti will reportedly create their Robotech from scratch.
Fuchs received his first big screenwriting assignment on the animated film Ice Age: Continental Drift. His original screenplay Pan, a Peter Pan prequel, became a Black List script and came to the screen directed by Joe Wright. Fuchs received a story by credit for working alongside Zack Snyder and Allan Heinberg on the screenplay for Wonder Woman, which went on to become a summer blockbuster, grossing $816 million worldwide (so far). The sought-after Fuchs is also involved in writing Luna Park for Doug Liman and Tom Cruise and Minecraft: The Movie for Warner Bros.
After the bottom fell out of the similar Transformers franchise this summer, it’s fair to ask whether the window may have closed for Robotech to be a viable big-ticket performer for Sony. If the familiar Transformers franchise can no longer draw people in to watch giant robots engaging in explosive battles, what reason is there to believe a movie based on an obscure ’80s anime series can reverse that? The future of the mecha/giant robot sub-genre (such as it is) may depend on the performance of Pacific Rim: Uprising, which is set to hit theaters in early 2018.
Even with IT director Andy Muschietti and one of the writers of the wildly successful Wonder Woman on board, Robotech could prove to be a tough sell. Sony doesn’t exactly have the best track-record when it comes to developing blockbusters, having failed with Ghostbusters, Passengers and The Dark Tower just to name a few recent examples.