Sunday, 17 May 2015

James Wan in talks to direct Robotech

With Fast & Furious 7 conquering the global box office ($1.4 billion and counting worldwide), director James Wan is rather in demand these days. His name has already been mentioned in connection with Warner Bros/DC Entertainment's Aquaman, but his latest suitors are Sony Pictures, who are currently courting him to man the cameras for Robotech.

The project is based on the 1980s Japanese anime, bought by Harmony Gold USA and Japan's Tatsunoko Productions, who re-edited and redubbed three different series to make into a daily syndicated cartoon for audiences in the US and elsewhere.

In the series, mankind builds machines using technology developed from a crashed alien spaceship to fend off three different alien invasions, including one race of huge warriors none too happy about us stealing their technology and power source.

Sony Pictures picked up the Robotech rights when Warner Bros dropped them last month. The former studio had been developing the project since 2007 (Tobey Maguire and Akiva Goldsman were involved at that point).

Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari (300) are among the producers, with Michael Gordon (G.I. Joe) writing the screenplay. Whether Wan signs on the dotted line remains to be seen, although Deadline seem pretty confident that he will take this over Aquaman. He is also developing a movie based on his own Malignant Man comics with 20th Century Fox, while juggling a producing slate over at New Line Cinema.

Wan's immediate directing job is, however, a return to his horror roots. He starts shooting The Conjuring 2 in the autumn.

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