Smallville writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar have been announced as writers for an upcoming film adaptation of the 80s cult-favorite anime series Robotech.

You may be asking yourself, “What’s this about a Robotech movie?” That was certainly my reaction, but the project was actually unveiled all the way back in July at the 2008 Anime Expo; at the time, Lawrence Kasdan of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi fame was attached to write the script, but that’s apparently changed now that Gough and Millar are onboard.

The project manages a certain, somewhat unexpected, Hollywood cachet beyond the fact that it’s a Warner Bros. production: Executive producers on the project are Akiva Goldsman, Chuck Roven, Drew Crevello and Tobey Maguire. Yes, that’s Tobey Maguire as in Spider-Man, who as it turns out is something of an anime fan himself.

The Robotech series as seen in the U.S. is actually an edited collection of three separate Japanese anime series, telling the stories of the three Robotech Wars against the Zentraedi, the Robotech Masters and the Invid. I won’t pretend I know anything more about it than what a quick look at Wikipedia told me, but I did watch the show as a kid and I enjoyed it enough that I am both thrilled and horrified at the prospect of the movie. I’d love to see Robotech on the big screen, but I wonder how a two-hour movie can do justice to such a sprawling series, and whenever someone talks about a “reimagining,” which this apparently will be, I get a little twitch in my right eye. For now, though, all we can do is hope for the best – and hope Spider-Man won’t let us down.


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