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Robotech Heading to Big Screen, Starring Toby Maguire

CmdrTaco posted about 7 years ago | from the but-who-will-ruin-it-by-playing-minmay dept.

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dominique_cimafranca writes "Classic anime cult favorite "Robotech" may be next for the big screen live action treatment, if recent news from SciFi.com's SCI FI Wire is to be believed. Tobey Maguire will produce and may star in the film. The article says 'Warner Brothers Pictures picked up the rights to Robotech, which features giant robots known as mechas. Maguire is producing through his Maguire Entertainment banner and is eyeing the lead role in what the studio plans as an SF franchise a la Paramount's hit Transformers.'" I wonder if they'll go back to the Macross source material when plotting the movie... there's a lot more good substance there then in our version.

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GoBots coming to live action... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20528353)

in spectacular "me too" action!

As long as he doesn't f-it up along the lines of Spiderman III. Of course, Transformers mostly sucked too. Maybe the higher-level storyline in Robotech will allow for a better movie? Go go Hollywood crap pump!

Re:GoBots coming to live action... (2, Insightful)

MBraynard (653724) | about 7 years ago | (#20528763)

Considering the source material for Transformers, just how could you have made a live action movie any different when space alien robots decided to transform into truck to fight compat jets?

Re:GoBots coming to live action... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20529021)

I don't know, fill it with a host of two-dimensional human cliches that the audience doesn't give a damn about, wait forever to actually get to the Transformers, then have blurry, confusing fight scenes which make it really hard to figure out who's fighting who and what the hell's happening? All with a soundtrack that's too damn loud?

  Owww! My Childhood!

Re:GoBots coming to live action... (1)

Wandering Wombat (531833) | about 7 years ago | (#20529345)

But the movie made a lot of money! It HAD to be good!

Robotech Macross (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20529097)

If I want to see a movie about the power of song, I'll rent "Ray" or "Walk the Line".

Robotech is just SO much better than Macross, it's unbelievable to even have this kind of comparison. It's like comparing George Dubai Bush to George Washington.

But somehow... I just can't visualize Toby as Rick Hunter.

I don't think it'll be the original version. (3, Insightful)

Spy der Mann (805235) | about 7 years ago | (#20528355)

The version we got in the US is much more "Hollywood-like": It has romance, a love circle, heroes fighting to save the country/planet/whatever, and nearly-stereotypical villains.

Re:I don't think it'll be the original version. (5, Informative)

TomHandy (578620) | about 7 years ago | (#20528421)

To be fair, the original Japanese version of Macross has that too - that isn't specifically the difference between Robotech and the original source material.

Yeah, honestly. (4, Insightful)

Valdrax (32670) | about 7 years ago | (#20528525)

Anyone who thinks that a Hollywood, live-action movie remake of an extremely long running cartoon show is somehow going to be more true to the original story than the American cartoon has never, ever, in their entire life watched any American movie based on a cartoon or video game.

Ever.

Posing the question is tantamount to trolling on the front page.

Re:Yeah, honestly. (2, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | about 7 years ago | (#20528681)

Anyone who thinks that a Hollywood, live-action movie remake of an extremely long running cartoon show is somehow going to be more true to the original story than the American cartoon has never, ever, in their entire life watched any American movie based on a cartoon or video game.

How is that any different than the vast majority of any Hollywood produced films based upon any previously written storyline? They always change the ending and fuck up a good bit of the story along the way and it's part of why watching a movie based on a novel you have already read generally sucks.

Re:Yeah, honestly. (1)

PCM2 (4486) | about 7 years ago | (#20529987)

How is that any different than the vast majority of any Hollywood produced films based upon any previously written storyline? They always change the ending and fuck up a good bit of the story along the way and it's part of why watching a movie based on a novel you have already read generally sucks.

Not always, though. The movie "Fight Club" was better than the book. "Master and Commander" took a lot of liberties but was an admirable representation of the source material. The "Godfather" movies were WAY better than Mario Puzo's books. "The Exorcist" was a better movie than a book. There are a good number of stage plays that have survived the trip to the big screen. And then there are other examples -- "The Shining" is an incredible movie, but it's so different from the book (also good) that they might as well be unrelated.

I think the main difference with any of the movies I'm talking about, though, is that none of them were conceived as a "franchise" aimed at the 14-24 year old demographic, to be accompanied by merchandising tie-ins, toys, global licensing rights, fat paychecks for a good hundred studio execs, and expensive catering. Go to the movies to see juvenalia and dumb movies is what you get.

No offense to "Robotech," I enjoyed it a lot when it was broadcast (the Macross part, anyway), but if you're somehow expecting this movie to by anything but a vehicle for Hasbro to pull in some money from grade schoolers, I think you're kidding yourself.

Re:I don't think it'll be the original version. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20529381)

I don't think he understands that Robotech=3 anime's, cause the three were too short for a US tv show.

Re:I don't think it'll be the original version. (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | about 7 years ago | (#20529815)

Sounds just like almost every anime ever made.

More info leaked (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20528365)

Apparently, all the mechs in this re-write, will be powered by stored energy of Cory Doctorow's ego.

Re:More info leaked (1)

Kierthos (225954) | about 7 years ago | (#20528731)

With enough ego left over for the SDF-1.

Re:More info leaked (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20529661)

Which is only a tenth of the ego of that stupid blond Xeni Jardin bitch (the one who thinks she's incredibly hot, even though she looks like a 50 year old chick with over-bleached hair).

As big an RT fan as I am... (3, Insightful)

Chas (5144) | about 7 years ago | (#20528371)

Part of me is going:

  OOOH! AHHG! YES!

But another part of me is wondering how well this is going to translate into live action. And whether or not it's going to wind up stepping all over the beloved (though flawed) series that introduced so many people to anime.

Re:As big an RT fan as I am... (3, Insightful)

Ms.Otaku (1065768) | about 7 years ago | (#20528399)

Just as long as they improve the music, oh please let them improve the music. Even as a kid the english version concert episodes made me want to clap my hands to my ears and roll on the floor in agony.

Re:As big an RT fan as I am... (1)

buswolley (591500) | about 7 years ago | (#20528631)

I liked the music.... After I made it through 7 episodes.. It grew on me.. its catchy, you'll sing it to yourself. and its instantly recognizable.

Re:As big an RT fan as I am... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20529283)

I liked the music.... After I made it through 7 episodes.. It grew on me.. its catchy,

I like crack... now that I've already lost my house and most of my teeth... it grows on you... try some

Re:As big an RT fan as I am... (1)

RexRhino (769423) | about 7 years ago | (#20529763)

I like crack... now that I've already lost my house and most of my teeth... it grows on you... try some
That is a poor analogy. Crack at least makes someone feel good temporarily... and it is addictive.

Minmay's music is more like trying bile flavored rat-poison for the first time!

Talk about a way to ruin a perfectly good action-adventure cartoon.

Re:As big an RT fan as I am... (4, Interesting)

certron (57841) | about 7 years ago | (#20528539)

What I am perhaps most worried about is that they will try to cram the three chapters/ages of what we know as Robotech in the US into one movie. This would be a mistake, I feel. However, I would also hope they would take enough time for some character development. Roy Fokker plays a huge role in the first chapter, even if he is... otherwise indisposed. Will I care, at that point in the film, that he is making an exit? Will the characters of Claudia and Rick, believably?

One thing that they absolutely need: an orchestra.
One thing they can do without in a movie, but which was crucial to the series: a narrator.

I almost want to say the first arc could be made into a trilogy by itself. The discovery, development, training, the first fold, being lost, death, first contact(s), spies, micronization, destruction, reconstruction, more destruction, etc are going to be hard to squeeze into a single movie, even if it turns into "Dances with Bretai" and is 3 hours long. The main problem I had with The Sentinels was that we were introduced to a whole new alien race, find out they are bad, and see them defeated in the span of 90 minutes. While I'm sure part of it is latent Comic Book Guy "It was better when I was 8 years old" feelings, I'm pretty sure they would have taken 5 episodes of introduction and explanation for me to care that anything happened to them.

For some reason, when thinking about the Mospedia chapter, I keep thinking of the danger room from X-Men III. Mostly, the scrapyards.

Re:As big an RT fan as I am... (1)

wellingj (1030460) | about 7 years ago | (#20530043)

I think if you would have read the books your ideas about the Sentinels would be different.

flaws are good (1)

rucs_hack (784150) | about 7 years ago | (#20528689)

Flaws in original programming never seem to be a problem.

Take Red Dwarf. The first three series were filmed on cheap sets, with minimal budgets, and, well, the props were mostly crap. And yet the result was pure gold. Never before had I encountered something so funny that I almost pissed myself laughing.

The problem arise when people with big budgets try to recapture that, it never seems to work. In the case of Red Dwarf the final three series were well funded, had lots of resources, and the result was at best mediocre. I'll watch it, but not often.

If this adaption of robotech to the big screen is to have any chance, it will be if the producers understand that they are not required to 'fix' it.

Re:As big an RT fan as I am... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20528721)

The Returner is about 1/2 way to Robotech on a 100th of the budget. It's Japanese, but worth watching.

Re:As big an RT fan as I am... (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | about 7 years ago | (#20529409)

Part of me is going:

    OOOH! AHHG! YES!

But another part of me is wondering how well this is going to translate into live action. And whether or not it's going to wind up stepping all over the beloved (though flawed) series that introduced so many people to anime.
I'm going to spoil it for you: this movie's gonna go down like slugs on toast. There's no way it's going to be good from an objective point of view. There's also no way it will be subjectively as good, either. I was a kid when I first encountered Robotech. I encountered it when I was like nine or ten. It appealed to me at first because it was animated and had transforming robots. But once I got into the story, holy shit. Love, loss, death, consequences, this was not just some Transformers knock-off. Why did it make such an impression? First, I'd never seen anything like it before. Second, I was young and it was the first time I really would have seen anything like this. Then I picked up the novelization and it was all the better.

The thing I'm surprised about is that the show still holds up even when watching it years later, though the best part is certainly from Macross. Southern Cross and Mospeda kind of pale in comparison. And if you were to hold it up against advertisement cartoons from the same era, Transformers, GI Joe, He-Man, those things are so awful there's not even any camp value left in them.

This is heresy! (4, Funny)

Channard (693317) | about 7 years ago | (#20528373)

Clearly, nothing can beat the stop motion awesomeness that was Robot Jox.

Hollywood Treatment (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20528387)

Kelly Clarkson as Linn Minmei
Alexis Bledel as Lisa Hayes
Owen Wilson as Roy Folker
Jimmy Fallon as Max Sterling ... and Queen Latifa as Claudia Grant

Re:Hollywood Treatment (1)

WalksOnDirt (704461) | about 7 years ago | (#20528593)

Kelly Clarkson as Linn Minmei
No, no, no. Minmei has to be played by someone who can sing!

Re:Hollywood Treatment (1)

cpt kangarooski (3773) | about 7 years ago | (#20528871)

Why? She never has been before, and it shows.

Re:Hollywood Treatment (1)

Robaato (958471) | about 7 years ago | (#20529903)

I must protest. Mari Iijima [marimusic.com] is a very talented singer.

If you're into J-pop, of course.

Re:Hollywood Treatment (1)

owlman17 (871857) | about 7 years ago | (#20528703)

Hmmm. Interesting.
At the top of my head:
Macross Saga
Zhang Ziyi as Lynn Minmei
Jennifer Aniston as Lisa Hayes
Yup. I agree. Owen Wilson as Roy Fokker
Topher Grace as Max Sterling
Claudia Grant? Halle Berry!

And if ever...
Robotech Masters
Claire Danes as Dana Sterling
Wilmer Valderrama as Bowie
Keanu Reeves as Zor

Robotech Invid
Matt Damon as Scott Bernard
Orlando Bloom as Lancer (aka Yellow dancer)
Reese Witherspoon as Rook Bartley

That's all I can think of now...

Re:Hollywood Treatment (1)

Maserati (8679) | about 7 years ago | (#20529089)

Just a couple comments...

Zhang Ziyi as Lynn Minmei

God you're high. Unless Minmei gets to kick some ass... nahhh. Of course, I'm in favor of Zhang Ziyi (sp?) in anything, but this doesn't look like a movie for her... wait, Miriya. Yeah, cast ZZ as Miriya. That would add the distinctive flavor of awesome to the film. And, if memory serves, we'd get to see ZZ painted green.

Yup. I agree. Owen Wilson as Roy Fokker

Ok. He's got enough experience now that he can probably carry a leadership/mentor role. In the movies anyway :-)

Jennifer Aniston as Lisa Hayes

Very nice choice ! She has the acting chops for that AND she looks the part.

Claudia Grant? Halle Berry!

I've seen Kill Bill too recently to not prefer Vivica Fox.

Keanu Reeves as Zor

*snort*

Re:Hollywood Treatment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20529039)

anything that kills Owen off in the first half hour is a good thing.

Re:Hollywood Treatment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20529775)

You need to be shot.

Videogame Attract Mode (1, Offtopic)

Doc Ruby (173196) | about 7 years ago | (#20528389)

I've got a big screen, in my TV room. My 50" set is a large fraction of the size of many movies I see in theaters, especially when I go see a fringe or rerun movie, or just wait until it's about to leave the theaters.

What I want is PS3 videogames that have a long, detailed "attract mode" [wikipedia.org] : a script that runs the game through its paces. Once someone has "solved" these games, there isn't any reason that a script showing how it's played through shouldn't be available. I'd love to leave my big screen TV set playing some cool games against itself, just a fascinating work of art. Like a 21st Century lava lamp. Since I don't really like to play games myself, just look at the imagery, that feature might even get me to buy some games.

I'd even settle for a Linux version of "Myst" or some other old but cool looking game that runs on my PS3. It's gotta be good for more than watching the one Blu-Ray video that was worth buying.

Offtopic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20528467)

anyone else having problems opening wikipedia?

Re:Offtopic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20528543)

Works here.

Re:Videogame Attract Mode (2, Funny)

kanweg (771128) | about 7 years ago | (#20528679)

Well, there are people in China/Korea who earn their money by playing games for westerners. Perhaps you can get them to play the game for you via VNC.

Bert
Who has someone in India to run his lava lamp.

Re:Videogame Attract Mode (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | about 7 years ago | (#20528873)

That is so crazy that it would probably work. But I have in mind doing all the rendering locally. Maybe if their championship bouts could be recorded as events and replayed... We might see people commissioning competitive performances to watch played on the PS3, rather than video. "Mechanime Performance" is born!

Re:Videogame Attract Mode (1)

fastest fascist (1086001) | about 7 years ago | (#20528737)

I'm sure there are plenty of kids willing to come play games on your PS3 for you. If you can convince them/their parents you're not a pedophile or serial killer, that is.

Re:Videogame Attract Mode (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | about 7 years ago | (#20528839)

I'm trying to replace them with a machine. Cheaper and more reliable, without stealing my comic books.

MAME? (1)

antdude (79039) | about 7 years ago | (#20528907)

I would love to see a screen saver using MAME ROMs? I haven't found a good one so far. :(

Angband borg screensaver (1)

MacroRex (548024) | about 7 years ago | (#20529215)

I have this [thangorodrim.net] as my laptop's screensaver.

Re:Videogame Attract Mode (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20530079)

The thing you want is called "Speed Runs". Speed runs are attempts to "beat" a game as fast as possible and so are usually near flawless playthoughs. The advantage to you is that most of these days the attempts are recorded as a movie and made available on the internet. Just google for speedruns and you'll find lots and lots of these things. Also check out archive.org and dedicated sites like own-age.com

If this is going to be like the others.. don't ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20528401)

The series is good as it is. The few movies are good as they are. Don't ruin them. I hope they pick a good plot and they do not trade it for effects as they did in most of the late movies.

plural (3, Informative)

J05H (5625) | about 7 years ago | (#20528417)

"Mecha" not "mechas". The same way that "deers" or "mooses" are incorrect. One mecha or many mecha, there is no S at the end.

Besides that, a Robotech live-action with today's 3D animation will absolutely rock! It'd be hard to pack into 2 hours, but I'd like to see some of the 2nd and 3rd Robotech series (and/or Macross Plus) mecha involved, since they look so cool.

Re:plural (2, Insightful)

RexRhino (769423) | about 7 years ago | (#20529793)

"Mecha" not "mechas". The same way that "deers" or "mooses" are incorrect. One mecha or many mecha, there is no S at the end.
Except that "deers" and "mooses", you know, actually exist.

So I'll be able to buy a jetfire? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20528423)

Jetfire was a Transformers toy that was the spitting image of the Veritech fighter. They are very expensive on ebay.

There IS a god! (1)

sayfawa (1099071) | about 7 years ago | (#20528425)

The atheists were wrong! [slashdot.org]

So, on to what's important: who's playing Minmei?

Re:There IS a god! (2, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | about 7 years ago | (#20528673)

Cowboy Neil in a tube top. There is a God, but he enjoys playing cruel tricks on nerds.

BTW, Joust The Movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20528433)

I thought slashdot would have picked it up already but Joust, the 1982 video game with gladiators on flying ostriches is being made into a movie,... somehow?

Re:BTW, Joust The Movie (2, Informative)

ScrewMaster (602015) | about 7 years ago | (#20528557)

I thought slashdot would have picked it up already but Joust, the 1982 video game with gladiators on flying ostriches is being made into a movie,... somehow?

They were knights (the game was loosely medieval-themed) and yeah you're right [gamerflicks.com] there is supposed to be a movie. Weird. Paramount is looking at it, the article says.

Still, once Paramount passes on the idea and they can't find another major production house to pick it up, it'll probably go direct-to-DVD. Maybe kill off an evening with it that way.

Re:BTW, Joust The Movie (1)

delong (125205) | about 7 years ago | (#20530109)

They were knights (the game was loosely medieval-themed)

Hence, "joust". Some people need the obvious thrown in their face to get it across.

You know.... (1, Offtopic)

Archades54 (925582) | about 7 years ago | (#20528443)

Bring on Teknoman! and Rurouni Kenshin (Oav's only, not the kiddy tv show). I would love to see those 2 made live action.

Re:You know.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20528575)

The first parts of Rurouni Kenshin and the first OAV were pretty good, that Christian arc, the final "tales of something", and that final OAV were what destroyed that series.

The lesson is clear, if your anime is based on a manga then any material not derived from the manga is 90% likely to be terrible and stinky crap.

Re:You know.... (1)

yuna49 (905461) | about 7 years ago | (#20528863)

I'd pay to see a well-made movie version of Black Lagoon [anidb.net] , though only if they include the Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise arc from the end of the second season [anidb.net] .

Re:You know.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20529697)

Kenshin Ovas would be pretty cool. I'd suggest Ghost in the Shell, 12 Kingdoms, Gungrave, xxxHolic and Gundam.

Re:You know.... (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | about 7 years ago | (#20529849)

I bet Gundam will happen soon enough, much to the dismay of anyone who liked the show.

The Source Material (4, Insightful)

TomHandy (578620) | about 7 years ago | (#20528475)

It is very unlikely they'll be going back to the "source material" on this one, as there are still a lot of disputes between Harmony Gold and Tatsunoko and Big West. At the very least, they aren't likely to be able to use things like the original Macross Valkyrie (aka Veritech) designs, and they may not even have the rights to redo the original story.

Of course, with Warner Bros. in the fray now, they might actually work out the IP rights, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Re:The Source Material (1)

cpt kangarooski (3773) | about 7 years ago | (#20528801)

Ooh, then perhaps we'll end up with a live action version of Macross Plus. That would work a lot better, frankly.

*vomit* (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20528477)

Tobey Maguire? Way to ruin what was one of my favorite shows as a kid. Let's have Lindsay Lohan play Minmei while we're at it. =/

Re:*vomit* (1)

wellingj (1030460) | about 7 years ago | (#20530087)

She would actually fit the role pretty well...

I wonder... (1)

AdmNaismith (937672) | about 7 years ago | (#20528507)

...if Tobey Maquire's enthusiasm for this high-profile franchise will wane as fast as his enthusiasm for 'Spiderman' did. The cast seemed really bored with their appearance duties for 'Spiderman III', and the work they did on the movie. If they can't be excited about their own work, I can't be bothered to see it. This seems like a dumb move for Meguire when his next movie should be for someone like Ang Lee.

mnb Re:I wonder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20528567)

Crouching Robot Hidden Spider?

Macross source (3, Interesting)

zakezuke (229119) | about 7 years ago | (#20528541)

While I and most enjoyed Macross over Robotech. The big difference I can remember was Macross dealt with the idea of proculture, as in culture before the giant aliens became genetically modified, where Robotech strung on two unrelated anime fighting over a mythical engery source known as proculture. Such a big difference in story lines would make it difficult to integrate actual Macross sequels and prequils. Near as I'm aware the only sequel, Macross Plus [wikipedia.org] , was released in English though away from the Harmony Gold treatment.

A number of "Robotech" movies were planned, all canceled. This is one of those cases where I feel the fans suffered by a company holding onto to their intellectual property far too long without actually using it.

Re:Macross source (1)

cpt kangarooski (3773) | about 7 years ago | (#20528835)

There have actually been a number of follow-ups to Macross (though it's no MS Gundam). There was Macross: Do You Remember Love (basically the movie version of the show), Macross II (which no one liked, and isn't considered in-canon, IIRC), Macross Plus, Macross 7, and the prequel, Macross Zero. And some little things like Flashback 2012. Personally, I'd suggest watching Macross Plus and Macross Zero. The others aren't really that good.

Robotech, meanwhile, had a sequel in The Sentinels, but it died. Nothing else made it until the recent release of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, which picks up where the show left off. Apparently it did well enough that another sequel following that one is in the works. There were, however, a number of books, comics, etc. which were produced. Animation is just a lot more expensive, is all.

Re:Macross source (1)

zakezuke (229119) | about 7 years ago | (#20529561)

There have actually been a number of follow-ups to Macross (though it's no MS Gundam). There was Macross: Do You Remember Love (basically the movie version of the show), Macross II (which no one liked, and isn't considered in-canon, IIRC), Macross Plus, Macross 7, and the prequel, Macross Zero. And some little things like Flashback 2012. Personally, I'd suggest watching Macross Plus and Macross Zero. The others aren't really that good.
Yes, there were follow-ups to Macross, but not really for Robotech with apparently "The Sentinels" which was canned as a series and reworked into film length. But again that was 20 years ago. There were some ideas slated for Robotech not nothing ever completed.

To me more clear, Macross is a different animal to Robotech. Macross centered around the idea that culture is the most powerful force. This is even apparent in Macross 7. Macross Plus while released in English isn't really apart of Robotech.

Most of the Robotech enterprise seemed to spend their resources fighting Studio Nue and Big West over licensing issues. Harmony Gold sat on Robotech until 1999 and tried to claim that only they had the right to market "Macross" outside of japan. It will be interesting to see what happens with WB's edition, assuming they don't get licenses for Big West's designs or if WB will even be allowed to market their version in Japan.

Re:Macross source (1)

cpt kangarooski (3773) | about 7 years ago | (#20529771)

There were some ideas slated for Robotech not nothing ever completed.

Again, check out Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, which came out earlier this year. The DVD is like $20 on Amazon.

Re:Macross source (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20528917)

There are other sequels to Macross. Macross 7, for example, where a rockstar flies around shooting music at aliens.

That's another big difference. Macross has the recurring themes of music and love. Not only are these not critical in Robotech past the Macross Saga, I don't think they'd translate well into a US action movie. At least not to the degree that it was important in Macross.

Macross Plus - Only sequel to WHAT? (2, Informative)

denzacar (181829) | about 7 years ago | (#20529241)

Near as I'm aware the only sequel, Macross Plus, was released in English though away from the Harmony Gold treatment.
First of... So I don't get my Robotech/Macross nerd card revoked:

It was three not two unrelated anime series that Carl Macek cut-and-pasted together to make Robotech.
The Super Dimension Fortress Macross http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Super_Dimension_F ortress_Macross [wikipedia.org] , The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Dimension_Caval ry_Southern_Cross [wikipedia.org] and Genesis Climber Mospeada http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genesis_Climber_Mospe ada [wikipedia.org]

As for Macross sequels... Hell yes there were more. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Super_Dimension_F ortress_Macross#Sequels [wikipedia.org]

Robotech on the other hand had only one REAL sequel (Robotech Sentinels crashed and burned before even starting) - the 2006 Robotech: Shadow Chronicles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robotech:_The_Shadow_ Chronicles [wikipedia.org]
Unless you are counting books and comics. http://www.robotech.com/infopedia/bibliography/ [robotech.com]

Interviewing Harmony Gold rep tonight (3, Informative)

Robotech_Master (14247) | about 7 years ago | (#20528577)

I will be interviewing Harmony Gold representative Kevin McKeever at 7:00 Eastern tonight about this and other new Robotech developments on my live talk podcast Space Station Liberty [terrania.us] . Please call in with your questions!

But a movie is only a couple of hours (1)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | about 7 years ago | (#20528629)

This would have a lot more potential as a TV series, in order to properly contain the epic saga storyline.

Re:But a movie is only a couple of hours (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | about 7 years ago | (#20528685)

You seriously don't expect the movie to contain ALL the storyline, do you?

I think it'll be the beginning of the story, when the SDF1 crashed the Earth, and the first Zentraedi attacks. My prediction is that it'll end up in a strategic victory (i.e. Earth isn't destroyed... for now) in the middle of the storyline, of course, AFTER the SDF1 is teleported to Pluto.

Stuart Gordon's Robojox (1)

Franklin Brauner (1034220) | about 7 years ago | (#20528643)

Of course, if you need your mech-fix you can always check out the Stuart Gordon's wonderful pre-CGI Robot Jox [imdb.com] (originally titled Robojox, which I much prefer). The film may be low budget, but as always Gordon delivers in imagination where he lacks in budget.
--
Franklin

VERY GAY (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20528649)

Big robots? Gay, gay, gay!

Males over 8 years old who still like 'big robots' are homosexuals with severe developmental issues. Is this the perfect franchise for spiderman?

Re:VERY GAY (1)

nukepuppy (246164) | about 7 years ago | (#20529545)

actually robotech "robots" as you called them are not that large.

They are the size of an F-14

This must be because Transformers were such a hit (1)

hoyeru (1116923) | about 7 years ago | (#20528657)

Don't they have anything more current? The series dates back from the early 80s for Gawd's sake. The story line itself happened in the early 2000s. Besides, Robotech was a badly butchered series from the original Macross Saga.

Re:This must be because Transformers were such a h (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20529289)

Who is watching this crap?

I'm 30 years old and I BARELY remember anything about Transformers (just enough to know who Optimus Prime is and sort of remember the one robot that was really a cassette player).

I have no CLUE what the hell "Robotech" is.

And then toss on Speed Racer...

Are they now aiming at making stupid movies about stupid cartoons that only people over 40 years old would know about?

Since when ... (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | about 7 years ago | (#20528699)

Is making crap considered a good idea?

It's clearly a clone of Transformers, which was about as shit as you get. So what? Someone decides to copy it because they can't think of anything better?

 

Re:Since when ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20529043)

The major difference is that Michael Bay isn't directing this movie...

Re:Since when ... (1)

Shivani1141 (996696) | about 7 years ago | (#20530067)

Wait, isnt that the other way around? Hasbro had some leftover Veritech transforming models from a toy run in Japan, and something prevented them from shipping them. They rebranded it a transforming toy, calling it starscream, and created other toys to fill out the line. And now we have the transformers franchise from the "chic" 80's trend of creating a backstory and characters for a toy line, instead of the other way around (as it appears to be done now).

casting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20528739)

hmm
rick (aka hikaru) - Tobey Maguire
lisa (aka misa) - Kirsten Dunst (she'll have to die her hair red again)

gloval (aka global) - Liam Neeson

Min Mei -
I think it will be really hard to find a good actress for this part. The acting part shouldn't be hard, in every scene, Min Mei is either depressed, or really bubbly happy. She obviously has bipolar disorder.

But good luck finding an attractive young actress who can sing. Maybe they could just hire a talented young actress and have her lip sync over Mari Iijima [wikipedia.org] . That would work.

Or maybe just get Michelle Branch [imdb.com] .

Ahh, who am I kidding? This movie will never be made. Studios license movie rights and then never make the movie all the time. Battletech [wikipedia.org] has been licensed a dozen times, and still no movie.

Is it just me (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | about 7 years ago | (#20528767)

Or Tobey Maquire's voice is really annoying? I mean, I like the guy and he did well in Spiderman, apparently he's doing well producing his own features too, which is great. Wish him all the luck.

But god damn it his voice is pissing me off. I'll be ok if he stars in this movie as long as he doesn't speak.

Re:Is it just me (1)

Robotech_Master (14247) | about 7 years ago | (#20528949)

This only makes him more suitable to play Rick Hunter, of course.

Actors (1)

alexj33 (968322) | about 7 years ago | (#20528785)

I think that Bobcat Goldthwaite should be Rick Hunter, and Roseanne Arnold should play Minmei.

keep it real (2, Insightful)

TRRosen (720617) | about 7 years ago | (#20528793)

Roy better die in the movie. Its such a pivotal point.

Re:keep it real (1)

doyoulikeworms (1094003) | about 7 years ago | (#20529155)

Spoiler alert, asshole.

Re:keep it real (1)

TRRosen (720617) | about 7 years ago | (#20530135)

Hey if you don't already know that you shouldn't be here anyway.

besides there probably rewrite that part so poor innocent American audiences aren't shocked by it. A hero dies...Never!! I also doubt there will be a war going on in America when the Super Fortress crash lands either. Or accidentally wiping out most of Toronto. The heros will be more two dimensional then when drawn and the Zentradi will be faceless evil aliens.

Re:keep it real (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20530179)

there's a statute of limitations on spoilers. Macross is more than twenty years old.

Hey, I'm easy to please. (1)

VTMarik (880085) | about 7 years ago | (#20529125)

As long as Minmei remains a bimbo, i'll consider it a smashing success.

Toby? Ugh. (0, Offtopic)

jollyreaper (513215) | about 7 years ago | (#20529323)

I never understood the appeal of that actor. In the spiderman movies, his demeanor made sense for pre-bite Parker but he then continued to play the character as tentative and hesitant through the rest of that first movie and through the two sequels. The Parker character is supposed to be an awkward nerd in his teens and grow into a more confident but not flamboyant adult. But when he's in the suit, he's free of those inhibitions. He's wise-cracking, high-swinging spiderman. One of the themes of Spiderman is how dreams don't pay the bills. Sure, he can do all this wonderful crazy stuff as Spiderman but that's not going to help him get the girl, it's not going to pay the rent, and he'll have to face up to responsibilities outside of webslinging. I always thought that sort of thing was coming from the deep inner fears of the writers and artists working on the books; the next best thing to being a superhero is writing a superhero book but not many people have the chops to pull it off. There's that sick feeling in the pit of the stomach when an artist has to weigh dreams on one hand and personal responsibilities on the other, the dream vs. a 9-to-5 job to pay the bills.

Anyway, back to Robotech. The only thing I can take solace from is that there's no actor, living or dead, who could make Minmei a worse character than she already is. They could stick a wig and a dress on Jar-Jar and that would be a fucking improvement.

Toby as Minmei (3, Interesting)

Alaren (682568) | about 7 years ago | (#20529663)

You seem to have misunderstood the story. Your objection to Toby is made moot by your closing statement.

You see, Toby will be playing Minmei...

Progression of Threads Like This (1)

alexj33 (968322) | about 7 years ago | (#20529339)

All threads I've read on discussing a live RT movie on other sites follow the same pattern. I predict that this thread on /. will be no different:

1. "They'll (Hollywood) will mess it up!"
2. So and so should play Rick Hunter, and So and so (Owen Wilson) should play Roy Fokker, etc.
3. I want to see a trailer!
4. I'm afraid that it's not going to follow timeline X, which I deduced from an obscure comic book or novel!
5. I hate the idea of a live action RT! (but I'll have to go see it anyway, since my favorite geeky 80s cartoon hasn't gotten any other love in the last 20 or so years)

Sometimes individuals fall into all five categories at once. Hilarious to watch.

RoboTech ... will be right back! (1)

Pathway (2111) | about 7 years ago | (#20529751)

I was introduced to (good) Anime via Robotech, which was on for half an hour every day after school. I was quite young, and did not start to pay attention to it until much later in the series. That being said, I liked the 1st War, never really understood the 2nd war, and fell in love with the Invid invasion of the 3rd war.

So, which is the movie going to be based on? I suspect the 1st war.

I've been meaning to buy/rent/borrow/catch on tv all the episodes some time to re-acquaint myself with the old series... I still have an old VHS of some of the 3rd war (Denver, Rook's battle with the biker bounty hunter...) and would love to see this series taken correctly to the big screen.

Truthfully, the three wars _could_ be done in 3 movies. Think "Lord of the Rings," as it was difficult but translated to the silver screen successfully. But it would take somebody who truly loves the series to do it right.

Here's hoping to a god movie, not another ruined 80's remake.

And you all know... we're eventually going to come to what some call "the mother of all 80's remakes"... G.I. Joe.

-Pathway

No singing please (1)

Midnight Thunder (17205) | about 7 years ago | (#20529789)

I didn't mind the series, but the singing just started to drive me nuts - anyone who has seen the series will know what I mean. If they keep that out of the film, then I'm happy.

Franchise? (1)

PCM2 (4486) | about 7 years ago | (#20529895)

Maguire is producing through his Maguire Entertainment banner and is eyeing the lead role in what the studio plans as an SF franchise a la Paramount's hit Transformers.'
Wait ... so one crappy movie counts as a "franchise" these days? No wonder movies suck so bad. They've stopped even pretending they're supposed to entertain people. From the second the ink dries on the contract, it's nothing but keychains and Happy Meals. Screw you, Maguire.

Oh yeah (1)

ChaoticLimbs (597275) | about 7 years ago | (#20530071)

This is great because Tobey's done a GREAT job with Spiderman. He brought emotion to Spiderman, so much so that Spiderman is a pussy now. He was always an affable geeky type but come on, that bar scene belonged in The Mask, not Spiderman 3. I have no doubt this will suck.

Bring it on! (2, Insightful)

TheLazySci-FiAuthor (1089561) | about 7 years ago | (#20530113)

If Transformers showed one thing it's that computer graphics were created to render gigantic robot fights.
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