James Wan Could Direct ‘Robotech’ for Sony Pictures

By April 30, 2015

Coming off of a massive box office success at Universal with Furious 7, director James Wan may be called upon to bring a science fiction franchise with thirty years of history to the silver screen in a new effort from Sony Pictures.

According to Deadline, the director of the year’s biggest box office success so far is being eyed by Sony to direct a new big screen adaptation of Robotech, a series which depicts the Earth making transformative technological discoveries from a crashed alien spacecraft, and uses their advancements to fight off extraterrestrial invasions. The Robotech franchise originated from three Japanese anime series that ran from 1982-1984, with a new series, “Robotech,” being adapted from all three and airing in 1985. Notable as one of the first major and concerted efforts to directly translate the original series’ drama, complexity, and thematic aims to American audiences, “Robotech” has gone on to spawn an entire franchise of media across subsequent television series, comics, toys, and video games.

Sony is apparently eyeing Robotech as a massive franchise, and due to the success of Furious 7, Wan is highly sought after as a director with the skill set and vision to bring something like this to proper cinematic life. According to the report, Wan is very interested in the prospect of shepherding a new film franchise to life, eager to duplicate his success by creating The Conjuring at Warner Bros. in 2013, with that film’s sequel set to arrive next year. The report also says that Wan’s name is up for several other projects at multiple studios, with The Conjuring anchoring a deal the director has with New Line, while also apparently being in the running for the DC Comics-based Aquaman film scheduled to release in 2018 starring Jason Momoa.

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