Just two months after Sony Pictures put their newly-acquired Robotech movie on the fast track to production, director James Wan is in early talks to direct. The Robotech adaptation was originally set up at Warner Bros., where Andres Muschietti was being eyed to direct, but he is no longer involved. Sony is eager to develop a franchise out of this project, but it isn't known when production may start, since James Wan has already committed to directing The Conjuring 2 this fall.
Robotech is based on the 1980s animated TV series of the same name, set in a world where humans have developed humongous robots from technology found in an alien ship that crashed on Earth. Humanity uses these robots to fend off three separate waves of alien attacks, the first of which centering on giant aliens trying to retrieve the "protoculture" from the crashed ship. The story follows two young pilots, who are essentially responsible for the entire fate of the planet. This version of Robotech is described as a cross between Star Wars and Independence Day.
Michael Gordon (300, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) is writing the screenplay, with Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton producing through their Hollywood Gang production company. Frank Agrama of Harmony Gold, which is the original intellectual property rights holder, is executive producing with Michael Gordon and Jehan Agrama. We reported earlier this month that James Wan was in talks with Warner Bros. for a DC Comics movie adaptation, which was rumored to be Aquaman, but that was never confirmed.