Warner Bros. seems to think there’s a lot of money in giant robots, as they’ve already got Pacific Rim hitting cinemas this summer, and now they’re moving forward with another mecha movies they’ve had percolating for several years, Robotech.
THR reports that the studio has selected commercials helmer Nic Mathieu to direct the movie version of the Japanese cartoon series. Mathieu has no feature credits, although he’s well known in the ad industry for inventive CG-fuelled commercials, so he could well be a good choice.
Robotech is, ‘A sprawling sci-fi epic, which takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific island. Mankind is forced to use the technology to fend off three successive waves of alien invasions. The first invasion concerns a battle with a race of giant warriors who seek to retrieve their flagship’s energy source known as “protoculture,” and the planet’s survival ends up in the hands of two young pilots.’
The likelihood is that Warner will wait to see how Pacific Rim does before deciding on whether to make Robotech, although having a director attached should mean they can move forward fairly quickly if they do decide to make the film.