Robotech, From the Team Behind It, Just Got a New Writer
Director and producer siblings Andy and Barbara Muschietti are the talk of Hollywood at the moment after the massive opening for It. Up next, they’re going to make the It sequel—but after that, the hope is they’re going to bringthe revered anime Robotech to the big screen. And, just to make sure that’s still on track, a new writer was just hired.
Deadline reports that Jason Fuchs, who wrote Pan and worked on the story for Wonder Woman, has been hired by Sony to write a totally new script for the film along with Andy Muschietti.
The 1980s property Robotech, which started as a comic then became a TV show, is about humanity using technology found in an alien spacecraft to make cool machines to defend the planet. It’s a simple, yet high-concept idea that’s ripe for the Hollywood treatment. So it’s no surprise that Sony is getting things moving in the hopes that everything will be ready for director Muschietti when It: Chapter Two is done. He already has, and will probably continue to accumulate, projects besides both of these—his mentor is the ever-busy Guillermo del Toro, after all.
The Director of the New It Movie Signs On To Bring Robotech To the Big Screen
Two long years after being announced, there are signs that Warner Bros.’ live-action Robotech movie might actually be moving forward. The Hollywood Reporter says that Andy Muschietti, fresh off directing the upcoming movie adaptation of Stephen King’s horror classic It, has been hired to helm Robotech.
Muschetti’s name was bandied about in the early stages, but then James Wan—who’s working on Aquaman—was attached to the project. It’s based on the beloved ‘80s cartoon, cobbled together from three different anime series, about a giant spaceship named the SDF-1, the equally giant aliens who want it, and the normal-sized fight pilots who protect it in their transforming jets/robots. (Also, romance.) Unsurprisingly, Robotech has been talked about as a new potential franchise.
Muschetti’s previous directing credit was the horror film Mama and he’s also signed on for the pilot of Hulu’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s beloved Locke & Keycomics series. Of course, Hollywood being what it is, this new development doesn’t guarantee that a movie will get made—but getting a up-and-coming, in-demand talent in the mecha movie’s director chair is a very good sign.