A New Robotech Movie Means the Death of 80s Nostalgia
Hot on the heels of the success of the new Transformers movie, we’re already seeing the first copycats popping up. Because nothing says “success” like imitating a special-effects-laden movie that brought in the big bucks, Warner Bros. has announced that they have the rights to make a live-action Robotech movie.
The first question is what the subject of the movie will actually be. Robotech is notoriously the American adaptation of three different Japanese anime titles, squished into one continuing storyline. My guess is that it will draw most heavily on the first title, otherwise known as Macross. The second question is whether Tobey Maguire, named as the executive producer, will actually take one of the roles, making me want to sock his smug little face once more. (Hopefully not, as those helmets are hard, and they hurt.)
The main difference I see between adapting Transformers and Robotech is that while Transformers was really little more than a kiddie cartoon made to sell toys (which didn’t stop me from loving it), leaving lots of room for interpretation on the big screen, Macross was very much the opposite. Heavily plotted, with rich characters (especially for the time), Macross was a seminal anime series, and was by far the most complicated and adult animated show on daytime TV. However, knowing Hollywood productions, the new live-action movie will most likely be a crazy romp around the solar system, with flashy fighter planes killing Zentradi left and right, eh?
Of course, maybe I’m just being overly cynical. Or maybe the rush is already starting. Voltron has already been licensed for a live-action remake, and I expect to see these shows snapped up in short order:
- The GoBots
- Mysterious Cities of Gold
- My Little Pony
- The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin
Ah, who cares. I’m going to go off and watch Macross: Do You Remember Love for awhile. And maybe slap me some Minmei.