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Robotech Comes To Sony’s Crackle

The Robotech animated series is coming to Sony’s streaming service, Crackle.

All 85 of the half-four episodes in addition to the 88-minute animated feature will be available on Crackle starting May 15th.

Watch the Robotech trailer below.

A live-action Robotech movie is said to be in the works as well directed by James Wan.

 

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Stream the complete “Robotech” series, plus the full-length feature film Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, starting Sunday May 15th on Crackle Anime! www.crackle.com/robotech

Originally released in 1985, “Robotech” is a sweeping science-fiction anime epic in which the human race finds itself on the brink of annihilation and under attack by a fleet of gigantic alien warships capable of destroying the Earth in a split second. Their only hope for survival lies within the secrets of Robotechnology, which allows humans to develop powerful transforming robotic systems and interstellar spacecraft. The critically-acclaimed U.S. TV series follows three generations of heroic characters who adapt this robotic technology from a crashed alien starship to defend against numerous alien invasions.

2016 is also the 10th anniversary of the animated film Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, which was released in 2006 and features the voices of Richard Epcar (“Ghost in the Shell,” Mortal Kombat X), Eddie Frierson (FROZEN, MONEYBALL) and Mark Hamill (STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII). The premise continues where the television series left off: In the year 2044 AD, the human race has reached out to the stars through the miracle of Robotechnology, but not without bringing intergalactic war upon the Earth itself. 

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Sony Developing New Robotech Franchise

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Sony has acquired the rights to the Robotech franchise with 300 producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton on board.

300 and G.I. Joe writer Michael Gordon is writing the new movie.

“With a history that offers an epic love triangle, a renegade hero, and a world on the brink of extinction, Robotech offers a wide scope and a rich and impressive universe where the story possibilities are endless,” Michael De Luca, Sony production president, said in a statement.

Robotech first appeared in the U.S. in 1985 after being adapted from Japanese anime.

The series saw alien tech discovered in the South Pacific which enabled mankind to create mechs to fight off alien invasions.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Ryan Gosling Rumor Said To Be Not True

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Recently it came out that Ryan Gosling was being eyed for a starring role in Star Wars: Episode VII with the actor rumored for the son of Luke Skywalker.

However, it’s said to be not true as Ryan Gosling’s reps came out and shot it down.

“This is not true,” Gosling’s reps responded to the Huffinton Post in an e-mail about the Star Wars: Episode VII rumor.

HP also reports that the same rumor included mention that Zac Effron is a possibility for Star Wars: Episode VII as well, and even that Leonardo DiCaprio is up for a Robotech movie.

More than likely those rumors are off as well.

Another Star Wars: Episode VII rumor that turned out to be not true was mention that J.J. Abrams was bailing on the movie, which isn’t the case.

Regarding Ryan Gosling, he happens to be a fan favorite to play the new Batman for Warner Bros. as he is topping everyone’s list; if anything, all this attention shows the actor happens to be in hot demand.

Star Wars Episode VII has a 2015 release date directed by J.J. Abrams.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars hub for more news.

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SDCC 2013: Dynamite Announces Robotech/Voltron Series

Press Release

SDCC Announcement – Robotech Returns
In Crossover With Voltron!
Dynamite Partners with DC Entertainment,
World Events Productions, and Harmony Gold

 

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July 16, 2013, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite Entertainment proudly announces that they have acquired the rights to publish comic books based on the beloved science fiction anime, Robotech®.  In a unique sub-licensing arrangement with DC Entertainment and with the Harmony Gold USA, Dynamite Entertainment will publish a new series beginning with a Robotech / Voltron crossover event.  This crossover marks the first time uniting the popular Robotech cast with the five lions of Voltron, a fan-favorite World Events Production property.

The Robotech series debuted in 1985, an adaptation combining concepts from three Japanese anime series (Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Genesis Climber Mospeada, and Super Dimension Century Southern Cross) into a new, cohesive narrative.  It followed three generations of Earth soldiers who salvaged and repurposed alien technology in combat against consecutive extraterrestrial invasions, and was animated by the renowned animation studio Tatsunoko Production Co.

Voltron, based on the story of five robotic lions piloted by a team of brave space explorers that combine to form a mighty metallic hero, launched in the U.S. in September of 1984 and quickly became a #1 rated animated series that will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2014.

“Robotech and Voltron are two of the most recognizable anime series that defined ’80s pop culture,” says Tommy Yune, creative director at Harmony Gold and mastermind behind the upcoming crossover.  “Both franchises have endured in their popularity today and fans have long speculated of an epic crossover between the universes.  The opportunity to do so is an honor, and it’s a welcome challenge to construct a storyline that works well with key characters on both sides.  Most important of all, it’s going to be a lot of fun with plenty of surprises.”

“Robotech is one of the finest intellectual properties ever to come out of Japan, and we are so very fortunate to be able to contribute to its legacy of thrilling science fiction action and drama,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO/Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment.  “We’re also thankful to have such great partners on the Robotech journey, DC Comics and Harmony Gold, and joining us in this incredible first-ever crossover with Classic Media’s Voltron.  We’ve published Voltron for years, and this is definitely rewarding to place the two fan-favorite universes together.”

“Skyscraper-sized robots and city-crushing monsters are no strangers to the Dynamite gang, thanks to our fine experience with the Voltron license,” adds Barrucci.  “We’ve been the proud home to Voltron since 2011, and I think our talented creators and editorial staff really balanced the science fiction and space fantasy elements of that franchise with the human story of its pilots.  We’re very excited to continue the adventures of the Five Lions and the Voltron Force pilots as part of the crossover penned by Tommy Yune, and recapture the very best qualities of our previous Voltron series in this exciting new venture.  Robotech / Voltron is a fan’s dream, one we’re thrilled to add to our line of comics!”

The new Robotech / Voltron team-up adds additional content to Dynamite’s existing Voltron projects, published as two series thus far and expanding the mythos licensed from World Events Productions.  The first-ever pairing of these two giant animated properties is expected to attract huge media and fan attention in time for Voltron’s 30th Anniversary.  A new Robotech series will follow in the wake of the crossover.

The appreciation for the original Robotech television series, its comic spin-offs, and expansive universe of additional content runs deep at Dynamite, as evidenced by the passionate reflections of Joe Rybandt, the company’s Senior Editor.  “Every day after school, I would watch Robotech and I loved it.  LOVED IT.  Probably for a lot of the same reasons that I loved Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men, in that it was soap opera mixed with incredible action and excitement.  Also, it was my first introduction to episodic television starring giant robots and, y’know, GIANT ROBOTS.  I’ve gone back to the show every now and again, and still find it a rewarding experience, filled with great characters and amazing design. And now, here I sit, getting ready to set a new course with the comics.”

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The Wayback Machine: Robotech!

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Besides the Lost in Space brand and possibly the Vision, I was never really big on robots. But a sci-fi anime series by the same name (I thought) really impressed me as I left college for the world of real work (whew!).

So let’s walk the short distance from my cubicle in the CBN offices here on Knowhere (near Buffalo, NY) and access the Wayback Machine, spinning the dial to, oh say, 1985!

Robotech is an 85-episode sci-fi anime adaptation produced by Harmony Gold USA in association with Tatsunoko Productions and first released in the United Statesin 1985. It was adapted from three original Japanese TV series.

In the series, “Robotechnology” refers to the scientific advances discovered in an alien starship that crashed on a South Pacific island. With this technology, Earth developed robotic technologies, such as transformable mecha, to fight three successive extraterrestrial invasions.

Harmony Gold’s cited reasoning for combining these unrelated series was its decision to market Macross for American weekday syndication television, which required a minimum of 65 episodes at the time (thirteen weeks at five episodes per week). Macross and the two other series each had fewer episodes than required, since they originally aired in Japanas weekly series. On some television stations, the syndicated run was preceded by the broadcast premiere of Codename: Robotech, a feature-length pilot.

This combination resulted in a storyline that spans three generations, as mankind must fight three destructive Robotech Wars in succession with various invading forces, each of which is motivated in one way or another by a desire for a powerful energy source called “protoculture.” While each of the three animated series used for its footage informs its content, the Robotech storyline is distinct and separate from each of them.

The first Robotech War (The Macross Saga) concerns humanity’s discovery of a crashed alien ship and subsequent battle against a race of giant warriors called the Zentraedi, who have been sent to retrieve the ship for reasons unknown. In the course of this chapter, Earth is nearly annihilated, the Zentraedi are defeated, and humans gain knowledge of the energy source called protoculture. Humanity also learns of the Robotech Masters whose galactic empire the Zentraedi protected and patrolled.

The second Robotech War (The Masters) focuses on the arrival in Earth orbit of the Robotech Masters, who have come seeking what turns out to be the sole means in the universe of producing protoculture. Through a combination of mistrust and arrogance, their attempts at retrieving this meet with opposition from the humans and unleash a war that leaves the Masters defeated and Earth awash in the spores of a plant called the Flower of Life—the source of protoculture and a beacon to the mysterious Invid who scour the galaxy for its presence.

The third Robotech War (The New Generation) begins with the arrival on Earth of the Invid, who are lured by the Flower of Life and rapidly conquer the planet. References in the previous two chapters explain to viewers that many of the heroes of the First Robotech War had left Earth to seek out the Robotech Masters on a preemptive mission, and it is this Robotech Expeditionary Force that sends missions back from across the galaxy to attempt a liberation of their homeworld. The storyline follows one group of freedom fighters as they work their way towards the final battle with the Invid.

Cool, eh?

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Robotech Movie A Go With Nic Mathieu In Talks To Direct

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5243:]]Robotech has been in development at Warner Bros. for seven years and it finally looks to get underway with Nic Mathieu on as director.

THR compares the big-budget adaptation of the popular Japanese anime series to be on the scale of Transformers with an exhaustive search conducted for a director that would bring a modern and cutting-edge approach to Robotech.

Nic Mathieu is an up-and-coming feature film director known for his commercial takes and use of CGI. He’s also attached to a couple other sci-fi projects at Warner Bros. with The Wind and The Story of Your Life, so this shows how much faith Warner Bros has in Mathieu.

Akiva Goldsman, Matthew PlouffeJoby Harold, Tory Tunnell and Tobey Maguire are listed as producers. Maguire was previously said to be attached to the role of Rick Hunter; whether that sticks is unknown as there are no new updates on any of the casting and many writers are said to have worked on scripts.

Robotech was first introduced to the U.S. back in 1985 with an 85-episode run, adapted from three Japanese television series. The show centered on alien technology that crash landed on Earth leading to the development of powerful mechs that were used to battle alien invasions.

The announcement of a Robotech movie comes at an interesting time as another mech movie is coming from Warner Bros. with Pacific Rim by Guillermo Del Toro. In Pacific Rim, mankind is under siege by giant monsters known as the Kaiju, with humanity building gigantic robots in response, the Jaegers, to defend themselves. Previous reports seemed to indicate that Warner Bros. was extremely excited and happy about Pacific Rim, which may have opened the door for Robotech.

Back in June, we featured a Robotech casting call article with our very own Lawrence Napoli listing his picks for the Robotech movie. Some of his favorites were: James McAvoy for Rick Hunter, Michael Fassbender as Roy Fokker, Liam Neeson as Breetai, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Maximillion Sterling.

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Lawrence’s Fantasy Draft: Robotech: Nolan, Fassbender, McAvoy, Neeson

(Editor’s Note: The following is part of The First Cosmic Book News Fantasy Hollywood Draft; keyword being “fantasy”)

 

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By: Lawrence Napoli

My fantasy Hollywood film is a live action adaptation of Robotech.  This film is a sci-fi/action/war genre hybrid that I would prefer to be rated R for adult content, but PG-13 is negotiable.  There has been so many rumors concerning a live action adaptation of Harmony Gold’s IP for years, and none of them have produced didley-squat in terms of real commitments and actual production.  For some odd reason, the rumored adaptation was tied to one Tobey Maguire because somebody got it in their head that he is “the perfect Rick Hunter.”  That statement couldn’t be less accurate unless it was compared to something like “Tobey Maguire is the perfect Shaft.”  Long story short, Maguire is not right for the Macross Saga done correctly: Namely taking it seriously, making social commentary about the human condition in regards to racism, war, and genetic manipulation and being able to distinguish true evolution from technological advancement. 

I only envision two films to get Robotech: Macross City to end with the events that culminate within the Force of Arms episode of the series (a massive invasion of Earth, the destruction of 90% of it, while the SDF-1 and allies survive).  The only circumstance I’d consider a trilogy for is if we take Hunter, Hayes and the original crew on the SDF-3 to depict their expedition to find the Robotech Masters on their home turf.

I love the story of Robotech because despite all the great action, technology and transforming robots, the story is rooted in heavy drama, deep character development and is driven forward by intense emotions like love, despair, rage, serenity and loyalty.  It’s also a story about the bubbles humanity chooses to live in various degrees because of our professions, our acquaintances, our gender and every other possible way we divide ourselves.  This irony is ultimately defeated in Robotech because the humanity contained within the SDF-1 sets aside its collective BS amongst themselves and those considered “aliens” which allows them to succeed.    

Here’s the breakdown for my draft picks as well as my supplemental cast:

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Chris Nolan (Director) #3 overall pick

This man is arguably, the best director in the game right now not just because he directs critically acclaimed and commercially successful films, but because he also writes them.  Nolan is known for edgy grit and anchoring even fantastic scenarios in the real world with real consequences (see his Batman trilogy).  He is the most important addition to this production because the stakes will be even higher (the survival of the human species) and with all the transforming mecha running around in space, the tone of this film needs to stay disciplined in drama.  Nolan can insure that happens and I would think he would be interested in helming a production that goes to space.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1874:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1876:]]Rick Hunter played by James McAvoy, #26 overall pick

Rick is the main character of the Macross Saga and James McAvoy has considerably more impressive acting chops than Tobey Maguire.  The original animation goes out of its way to present Rick as a naive boy in the beginning and this is something I’d like to tone down in my vision for Rick.  Yes he’s still a rookie, yes he loves to fly, yes he’s not too keen on killing, but his need to protect (specifically Minmei) allows him to overcome his ignorance/apathy of the Zentraedi invasion that evolves into his own personal sense of duty to his mentor Roy Fokker, his Vermillion squadron, the women he loves (Lisa and Minmei) and the SDF-1 in general.  McAvoy is on the extremely short list of actors that can turn vulnerability into strength, plus he’s got those baby blue eyes.

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Yes, I realize I have transplanted the 2 main characters from X-Men: First Class, but the relationship between McAvoy and Fassbender’s characters is reversed in this adaptation.  Lieutenant Commander Roy Fokker is the best pilot in the RDF; a real hot shot when it comes to killing proficiency and style while doing it.  He also has personal history with Rick having flown in Hunter’s aerial circus in his younger days.  It is the reason Rick refers to Roy as “big brother” throughout the saga as Roy acts as a guiding mentor for the talented young pilot.  Roy is 50% hubris and 50% disciplined duty and that’s exactly how I’d classify Fassbender’s acting prowess and general demeanor.  Roy knows he’s the best, but that is not what drives his sense of duty.  Being able to temper arrogance with responsibility is Fassbender’s calling card.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1879:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1882:]]Lisa Hayes played by Sasha Alexander, supplemental pick

Commander Hayes is the first officer on the bridge of the SDF-1 and is the third person in a love triangle with Rick Hunter and Lynn Minmei.  A career military woman and quite beautiful to boot requires an actress that has more than a pretty face.  Thus I present Rizzoli and Isles Sasha Alexander (you’ll remember her as Pacey’s hot sister from Dawson’s Creek).  The scientific and procedural demeanor she displays on Rizzoli and Isles proves she can carry herself in an equally disciplined, military manner while the softer side she showed on Dawson’s proves she can open up an insecurity in an attempt to pursue the younger Rick Hunter with whom she has become attracted to for his intense bravery and skill in defending the SDF-1.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1883:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1885:]]Lynn Minmei played by Hikaru Utada, supplemental pick

Minmei is easily the most complex character to cast for because as one of the few civilians featured prominently in Robotech, her contributions to the war effort are derived from the character’s ability as a singer and actress.  A better known actress having her singing sequences dubbed over simply will not do.  Thus, I present Hikaru Utada (the signature voice behind the Kingdom Hearts theme songs) and quite a lovely Asian flower with whom Rick Hunter could easily be enamored with as another character in the love triangle.  Minmei represents an immature, yet extremely attractive budding pop star that becomes the SDF-1’s number one celebrity, but her singing ability introduces the Zentraedi race to the concept of true beauty (non-physical) which is so foreign, shocking and upsetting to them as individuals, their ability to assault the SDF-1 is severely diminished.  Hikaru may need additional support from Nolan with her acting performance (as it gets intimate with Rick), but her focus must remain within song.

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Breetai is the commander of the invading Zentraedi armada who is known for his ruthlessness as well as a somewhat honorable dissection of the enemy in combat.  As I projected the kinds of actors for my cast, Neeson seemed to fit this violent combination quite well, but he was also the biggest “name” on my list, so I took a bit of a gamble by drafting him before my main characters.  Like all Zentraedi, Breetai is a hard man shut off from most of his emotions, but the song of Minmei eventually turns him into a believer that the Micronians (Earthlings) must control “the proto-culture” or the combined genetic, technological and behavioral means to evolve life to a higher plane of existence.

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Veteran actors seemed to be going like hotcakes early in the draft so I was compelled to go after my first choice for the captain of the SDF-1 earlier rather than later. Oldman, a veteran actor capable of producing a satisfactory Russian accent seemed the obvious choice for the leader of the isolated slice of human civilization aboard the SDF-1. Gloval’s distinguished military record designates him as a warrior but his priorities shift to more of a statesman when simply surviving the relentless Zentraedi pursuit is the only course of action. Oldman has a commanding presence making him an appropriate foil to Breetai, but his ability to pull back on the intimidation makes him an ideal actor to portray Gloval as also a man of peace.

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Max is an up-and-coming ace pilot under the command of Rick Hunter who demonstrates nerves of steel, but is uncharacteristically polite and well-mannered for a soldier of his caliber. Although he’s become a seasoned actor, Gordon-Levitt can still sell a boyish charm vital for Max as a character. His somewhat receding hairline is somewhat of a concern for me seeing how I’d need his hair to be closer to what it was during his Third Rock from the Sun days. His hair would look fine in a shade of blue.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1892:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1893:]]Miriya Parina played by Olivia Wilde, #45 overall pick

Miriya is the stone-cold ace pilot of the Zentraedi fleet who puts Roy Fokker’s arrogance to shame. Unbridled confidence is the name of the game for Miriya and Olivia Wilde has got that all over! She must also demonstrate an ability to shift to humility as Miriya is bested on the battlefield by Max with whom she becomes obsessed with assassinating for the only defeat she has suffered in life. This humiliated obsession turns into attraction when she infiltrates the SDF-1 looking for Max. Miriya then becomes adorable for her desire to fit in on the SDF-1 despite her ignorance of Micronian culture. I’m pretty sure Olivia pulls off “adorable” quite well (see Tron: Legacy).

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1894:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1895:]]Exedore played by Tim Roth, #54 overall pick

Exedore is the quirky Minister of Affairs for the Zentraedi fleet and is Breetai’s chief consultant who has an intimate knowledge of the concept of “proto-culture,” the understood ultimate goal for all Zentraedi third to war and conquest. Tim Roth has got “quirky” in the bag, but his past roles called for combining that with extreme violence (Planet of the Apes, The Incredible Hulk). The challenge for Roth will be to substitute the violence with a scientific, deductive paranoia that allows Exedore to be constantly questioning Micronian tactics to the point that he too becomes a believer in Earthling “proto-culture” and a proponent for peace. Roth will have to tap into the same kind of charm he demonstrated as “Pumpkin” in Pulp Fiction.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1896:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1897:]]Khyron played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, supplemental pick

Khyron is yet another arrogant leader within the Zentraedi armada who gets called up as the first wave of reinforcements to capture the SDF-1. Rhys Meyers has all but perfected the art of ruthless arrogance (see his work on The Tudors), but he’ll have to work in a little incompetence to his performance because Khyron’s ability as a commander and combatant is not what one would classify as “marquee.”

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1898:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1899:]]Claudia Grant played by Zoë Saldana, supplemental pick

Claudia is the second bridge officer of the SDF-1, best friend of Lisa Hayes and current lover tied to Roy Fokker. Ms. Saldana is strictly playing a support role that exists to provide a more mature counter-point to the opinions expressed by Lisa and Roy so confidence tied with casual friendliness is the order of the day for Claudia.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1900:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1901:]]Azonia played by Vera Farmiga, supplemental pick

Azonia is the leader of the female battalion of the Zentraedi forces who gets called up by Breetai as additional reinforcements and as a means of getting Khyron’s shenanigans under control. If Vera could duplicate the same level of commanding indifference she displayed in Source Code, she nails this support role.

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For some reason, everyone on the internet sees Ben Dixon as the token funny fat guy of Robotech, so naturally everyone wants Seth Rogen to play this role. WRONG! Sure, Ben is a big lug that has many cheesy lines, but that needs to be reined in a bit and Jason Segel is the man for the job. Segel can be as loud and obnoxious as the rest, but Ben is a character that puts up that front to mask his genuine fear of the overwhelming odds the SDF-1 faces. Scaling back the absurdity to a degree of seriousness is something I see Segel doing quite well, plus his tall stature in relation to Rick Hunter (McAvoy) and Max Sterling (Gordon-Levitt) makes him more physically appropriate for the role.

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