Tobey Maguires Robotech movie gets Smallville showrunners to write the script

by Joey Paur

The bigscreen adaptation of the famous 80's cartoon 'Robotech' is movie forward with two new writers. Afred Gough and Miles Millar have been brough in to write a new script for the film which has been set up over at Warner Bros. and being produced by Tobey Maguire, Akiva Goldsman and Chuck Roven. Robotech was one of my favorite shows as a kid and I am pretty confident it will end up being a better movie than G.I. Joe as long as the don't bring in Stephen Sommers to direct it.  THR reports:

"Robotech" was a 1980s cartoon series from Harmony Gold USA and Tatsunoko Prods. It was re-edited and re-dialogued to combine three Japanese anime series to give the producers enough episodes to air as a daily syndicated series.

A sprawling sci-fi epic, "Robotech" takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific isle. Mankind is forced to use the technology to fend off an alien invasion, with the fate of the human race ending up in the hands of two young pilots.

Lawrence Kasdan wrote a previous draft. Warners is intent on keeping the project moving forward, and Gough and Millar bring action and geek cred to the table. The WMA-repped duo worked on "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" and "Spider-Man 2," among other films, and were showrunners on TV's "Smallville" for many years.

I hated Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, loved Spider-Man 2, and am a huge Smallville fan, so I hope Gough and Millar will be able to tackle the 'Robotech' movie correctly. I am surprised they didn't go with the draft by Lawrence Kasdan. Hetre is a guy that wrote 'Empire Strikes Back', 'Return of the Jedi', 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and the remake of 'Clash of the Titans'. Maybe Warners is just going to see what Gough and Millar can come up with before they move forward on the project. It will be interesting to see what happens. I have high hope for the 'Robotech' movie.


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