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Tobey Maguire to produce and star in Robotech movie?
I swear I am not making this up. Apparently Warner Bros. picked up the feature rights to Robotech from Harmony Gold, and Tobey 'Spider-man' Maguire will serve as a producer and it looking at the lead role for himself. Apparently the success of Transformers has other studios scrambling to find a giant robot franchise - Regency recently picked up Voltron. Yes, Voltron. The lions I believe.

After my first "WTF?" reaction, I stopped and thought about it - and I think it could make a good movie. And he's of the right age to perhaps have been an original fan, so maybe he'll do it right. And he'd probably be OK as Rick Hunter. And it certainly can't be worse than the Robotech: The Untold Story - the first Robotech movie.

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srmalloy From: srmalloy Date: September 8th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, if you ignore the fact that half the premises behind Robotech were the creation of Harmony Gold as it tried to jam three completely separate series together to make a single series with enough episodes for US broadcasters to be willing to look at... I'm kind of disappointed, though, that from the article, it sounds as if they just accepted Macek's bastardized plot as gospel instead of going back to SDF: Macross and using the original storyline.
From: ninjarat Date: September 8th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
On the other pseudopod, while Macross has its fans, Robotech has a vastly larger world-wide fanbase.

On the other-other pseudopod, Macek did do something good for Macross. He gave the characters some depth. The originals are, well, they're either one-dimensionally transparent or one-dimensional choads. Yes, I've seen the TV show in Japanese (AnimEigo's subs) as well as several English incarnations of the movie. The main cast just isn't likeable people.

That and five bucks will get you a small coffee at Starbucks. :)
From: kensuke_aida Date: September 8th, 2007 07:44 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I've said it once and I'll say it again...

Kawamori is a great mechanical designer, but a shitty writer.

- John
From: kensuke_aida Date: September 8th, 2007 07:45 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Sorry to say, but a US audience would laugh the original Macross storyline out of the theaters.

I'm a huge Macross fan, but even I have to admit the writing is razor thin.

- John
robotech_master From: robotech_master Date: September 8th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'm going to be asking Kevin McKeever from Harmony Gold about it on the Sundey evening episode of my Robotech live call-in talk show.

Other Robotech news today: Palladium officially reacquired the Robotech license today.
From: kensuke_aida Date: September 8th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Hey Chris...what time is this episode?

I feel like calling in again. :)

- John
robotech_master From: robotech_master Date: September 8th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
7:00 p.m. Eastern; you can see the schedule of all future shows by going to the show's website, as linked above.
dsrtao From: dsrtao Date: September 8th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Hollywood is going to do evil things to any anime franchise, but at least the effects will probably be cool.

Voltron needs a complete plot overhaul to make sense in a 2-hour movie, any way you want to look at it.
mechaman From: mechaman Date: September 8th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'm not too sure there. Oh, there'll need to be SOME reworking, but the first five eps or so actually could be redistilled to a high degree. Especially since the Mice probably wouldn't survive the remaking, so the 'fifth key' can be used as a different plot device driver.
frustratedpilot From: frustratedpilot Date: September 8th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I wonder what Big West is going to do.

Option A) Injunction! Sorry WB, no Valkyries, no SDF-1, no Zentraedi, no Protoculture. We're taking our ball off the field!

Option B) Smart but greedy. WB can license our intellectual property, but we want our pieces of the action. Copyright and trademark royalties, Asian distribution rights, some of our guys on the staff to keep you honest and a share of the merchandising.
robotech_master From: robotech_master Date: September 8th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Doesn't Harmony Gold have the rights to Macross everywhere outside of Japan? I'd think that Big West wouldn't have a leg to stand on.
frustratedpilot From: frustratedpilot Date: September 8th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
If you have firm information more recent than 2002 when the Japanese courts ruled that Tatsunoko overstepped their bounds when they granted Harmony Gold worldwide rights to all things Macross, when in fact only the original TV series was subject to those copyrights. (Looks up your posts on USENET...)

This situation is like, say, a Japanese company who got the overseas distribution rights for the Droids animated series (based on the Star Wars franchise) via 20th Century Fox, setting out to make a new chapter of Star Wars without Lucasfilm's say-so. HG and WB are going to need to placate BW before anything gets done. And they need to do it quickly to cash in on the trend, else all their merchandise will be pegwarmers--again.
From: kensuke_aida Date: September 8th, 2007 07:42 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Same court ruled in 2003 that Tatsunoko is the sole owner of the original series. So, Chris is right....Big West would probably lose such a lawsuit PROVIDED that HG plays it safe and sticks to the stuff we see in Robotech (SDF-1, Zentreadi, Valykrie). Any movie would be a derivative work of a derivative work. That is to say, the first series (assuming the movie even consists of Macross Saga-related stuff).

For the record, per Tommy Yune, Harmony Gold claims that they *do* own all things Macross outside of Japan, but I assume that is because the Tokyo Court (conveniently) has no jurisdiction outside of Japan. If Big West wants to argue otherwise they would need to take it up with a body that regulates international copyright law or sue in US court. At this juncture, possession is 9/10ths law.

- John