Lawrence Kasdan To Write Robotech Adaptation
Created 06/15/2008 - 23:00
Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan was hired by Warner Bros. to pen ROBOTECH, an adaptation of the anime classic, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Akiva Goldsman and Chuck Roven will produce, joining Tobey Maguire and Drew Crevello. ROBOTECH was a 1980s cartoon series from Harmony Gold USA and Tatsunoko Productions. It was re-edited and re-dialogued to combine three Japanese anime series, enough for daily syndication.
ROBOTECH is a sprawling sci-fi epic, taking place in a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spaceship that crashed in the South Pacific. Humans are forced to use the technology to fend off three successive waves of alien invasions.
The first invasion centers on a battle with a race of giant warriors who seek to retrieve their flagship's energy source, known as "protoculture," with two young pilots in charge for the battle for survival.
Frank Agrama of rights-holder Harmony Gold will exec produce with Jason Netter. Crevello and Maguire brought the project to Warner Bros. last September.
Matt Reilly and Matt Milam are overseeing for the studio.
ROBOTECH is just the latest in Kasdan's long list of fantasy-genre films. He wrote the screenplays for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RETURN OF THE JEDI and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK before writing THE BIG CHILL and GRAND CANYON. Kasdan has also been tapped to write the CLASH OF THE TITANS remake for Warner Bros. and Thunder Road.