Fans of the 1980s animé series Robotech are either going to be very happy or very sad in the future when a live-action version of it shows up on screens.
Lets get the rough spot out of the way, Robotech has a very odd past. In the 1980s a man named Carl Macek was trying to sell animé series into syndication on American television, but he needed 65 episodes to make it work. 65 has always been the magic number as it 13 weeks of five airings each, so a rotation of four times a year. No animé series had that many episodes, and he only had six weeks until a deadline to make it into a fall season.
At the time Macek had the rights to three different animé series – The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA – and he struck on an idea. Using Macross as the basis for the story, he figured out a way to make the other two shows sound like they were part of the same mythos and made it so they expanded on the end of the first story arcs storyline.
This made Macek a loathed individual in the animé scene by purists, but I was always a staunch defender of the decision as it exposed so many people to animé for the first time. Say what you will about Robotech, it changed the game for animé in the U.S.
But, here we are, and now it may be turned into a live-action film. Well, more accurately, a franchise of films. Sony Pictures isn’t hiding anything and is saying up front it sees this as a franchise. If I was to put in my two cents, do three or four films based off the Macross portion and then just stop. Maybe do original stories in that portion of the universe, but the story quality drops dramatically with the second and third story arcs.
With all that being said, Macross could make for some awesome movies. From the human relationships to the amazing vehicle designs – man, please don’t screw up the Veritech fighters – this series could easily be a hit series of films if handled properly.
Sadly, however, this is Sony Pictures which is known for screwing up films. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed, but I will not be holding my breath.