Anime News Network reports that Robotech, 1985′s American edited and rewritten adaptation of three different anime series, is being posted on Apple’s online iTunes Store. The Robotech: The Macross Saga adaptation of The Super Dimension Fortress Macross has been added on Tuesday. The Robotech Masters (The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross) will be added next week, and The New Generation (Genesis Climber Mospeada) will be added early next month. No word has been given on the online release of their Japanese counterparts.
Source: Anime News Network
Veteran screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan has been hired to write Robotech, Warner Brothers’ feature-film adaptation of the anime classic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Akiva Goldsman and Chuck Roven are boarding the project as producers, 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 to give the producers enough episodes to air as a daily syndicated series.
A sprawling SF 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 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,” and the planet’s hope for survival ends up in the hands of two young pilots.
Robotech extends Kasdan’s return to the fantasy genre that began last year, when he was tapped to pen the Clash of the Titans remake for Warner and Thunder Road. Kasdan wrote the screenplays for Return of the Jedi, The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark before writing The Big Chill and Grand Canyon.
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles
2006. Director: Tommy Yune. 88 minutes. DVD. Distributor: Funimation.
By James Brusuelas
In anticipation of the Robotech booth at the Anime Expo next month, I feel compelled to mention this somewhat new series. Tommy Yune (its director) will be there talking about the future of the project, as well as perhaps announcing the live-action feature film. Now, this is arguably the most successful Robotech series since the original television series of the 1980s. After all, unlike the rather uninteresting sequels produced over the years (Macross II, Macross Plus, etc.), The Shadow Chronicles taps into what made Robotech so popular: the original characters and their families. Finally, we have a sequel that incites our curiosity and desire to know what happened to Admiral Rick Hunter, Max Sterling, Dana Sterling, Scott Bernard, etc.
Literally picking up where the earlier series ended, Shadow Chronicles finds the alien invaders the Invid abandoning the Earth and abruptly ending their war with the Robotech Expeditionary Force. From this point, two main story lines dominate the plot. First, as Scott Bernard reunites with the RDF, his love interest Ariel quickly follows. However, her actions are not so much fueled by emotion, but by premonitions of a new and deadly enemy on the horizon. Second, Vince Grant, who has been sent to find Rick Hunter and the missing SDF-3, encounters a mysterious alien fleet that easily forces him to jump back to Earth’s orbit. Not surprisingly, the alien force Vince encounters is the same entity that appeared in Ariel’s vision. The long-alluded-to Children of the Shadow finally appear on the Robotech scene!
For fans of the Robotech series, Yune is a veritable prophet, if not savior. He has blended together the characters from all three series, as well as their now extended families, into one cogent story. So, it’s like returning home after a long absence and reconnecting with old friends. Some new faces may appear, but in one way or another they are intimately connected to the group.
Moreover, Yune smartly uses both old and new Robotech mecha. Never-before-seen battleships of the RDF, Alpha fighters, Cyclones, and even the Skull Squadron, with their newly designed fighters, are all present. Simply put, this concise blend of the old and new firmly grounds you in the Robotech tradition, while simultaneously creating a new direction, a new path forward. Better yet, it’s like you never stopped watching.
Most Robotech fans have probably seen The Shadow Chronicles already. But let’s keep watching it. We finally have someone with a clear vision of how to bring the lives of these characters to a fitting conclusion.