Tobey Maguire to Produce and Star in Robotech Live-Action Movie

Okay, maybe saying Tobey Maguire will produce AND star is a bit premature, but Maguire WILL produce, that much we know for sure, the upcoming Robotech live-action movie for Warner Bros., who just finished securing the movie rights to the Japanese anime series and has handed it over to Spider-Man himself. Obviously if Maguire is smart, he’ll put himself in the pilot chair of one of those giant robot mechas, because this thing is going to be HUGE. If you thought “Transformers” was a big deal, how about an army of jets that can transform into giant robots with huge friggin’ laser cannons battling it out with big ass aliens? That’s Robotech!

More from The Hollywood Reporter:

After a lengthy negotiation, Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up the rights to bring anime classic “Robotech,” which featured giant robots known as mechas, to the big screen. Maguire is producing through his Maguire Entertainment banner and is eyeing the lead role in what the studio plans on being a tentpole sci-fi franchise.

“We are very excited to bring ‘Robotech’ to the big screen,” Maguire said. “There is a rich mythology that will be a great foundation for a sophisticated, smart and entertaining film.”

Drew Crevello also is producing through his Supercool Hollywood BigTime Prods. Craig Zahler (“The Brigands of Rattleborge”) has been tapped to write the screenplay.

Very, very cool. I loved this series when I was a kid, and no doubt the CGI advances in “Transformers” made transforming jets and robots possible for “Robotech”.

Here’s a breakdown of the original anime storylines via Wikipedia:

Within the combined and edited story, Robotechnology refers to the scientific advances discovered in an alien starship that crashed on a South Pacific island. With this technology, Earth developed giant robotic machines or mecha (many of which were capable of transforming into vehicles) to fight three successive extraterrestrial invasions.

[The storyline spans] three generations, as mankind must fight three destructive Robotech Wars in succession over a powerful energy source called “Protoculture”:

* The First Robotech War (The Macross Saga) concerns humanity’s battle against the Zentraedi, a race of giant warriors who are sent to earth to retrieve the flagship of the Robotech Master Zor. The ship contains the last known source of Protoculture in the universe.

* The Second Robotech War (The Masters) begins when the creators of the Zentraedi, the Robotech Masters, attempt to take up where the Zentraedi left off, and capture the protoculture held within the remains of the SDF-1.

* The Third Robotech War (The New Generation) occurs after the alien Invid have been alerted to the existence of Protoculture on Earth by events that transpired at the end of the Second Robotech War. The planet is conquered, then enslaved, and it is up to the Robotech Expeditionary Force to retake their ancestral homeland.

Damn, this could be very, very cool…

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  • P

    Finally Robotech will hit the big screen!

  • P

    Finally Robotech will hit the big screen!

  • TONY

    I LOVE THE TRANSFORMERS AND LOVE ROBOTECH, I GREW UP WATCHING THIS CARTOONS THAT INSPIRE AN ARMY OF KIDS WANTING TO BE FITERPILOTS AND ENGINEEERS THAT ONE DAY WOULD GET US THE REAL THING.
    I AM GUITTY WITH EXITEMENT, I WANT THIS MOVIES TO INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION OF KIDS TO LOOK IN TO THE FUTURE AND MAIBE ONE DAY THIS MACHINES WE SEE IN THE MOVIES WILL COME TO FLUISION. THE BOTTOM LINE THIS TYPE OF MOVIE IS LIKE TAPPING IN TO STARWARS. I HOPE THEY START SOON I WANT TO SEE SKULL LEADER WIPPING SOME ALIEN ASS!!!

    • NIK T

      I THINK THE ROLE OF RICK HUNTER SHOULD BE PLAYED BY JO JONAS FROM THE JONAS BROTHERS HE LOOKS LIKE HIM ITS HIS ROLE

      • david arguelles

        yeah……….it could be,but if u wanna put a good actor i think rick hunter should be played by the guy who played in speed racer,whats his name?

        • Afernandez2009

          Emile Hirsch, that´s a hella god actor, he could play rick hunter, i agree with you david

      • Deathstroke16

        looks aren’t all dude. I’ve seen him act and i don’t think he can pull off great acting in a movie that is so expensive.

      • Afernandez2009

        Fuck you and your Jo Jonas FAG, how old are you, jo jonas what an ass type of response is that… you shure must love Justin Biener also

  • TONY

    I LOVE THE TRANSFORMERS AND LOVE ROBOTECH, I GREW UP WATCHING THIS CARTOONS THAT INSPIRE AN ARMY OF KIDS WANTING TO BE FITERPILOTS AND ENGINEEERS THAT ONE DAY WOULD GET US THE REAL THING.
    I AM GUITTY WITH EXITEMENT, I WANT THIS MOVIES TO INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION OF KIDS TO LOOK IN TO THE FUTURE AND MAIBE ONE DAY THIS MACHINES WE SEE IN THE MOVIES WILL COME TO FLUISION. THE BOTTOM LINE THIS TYPE OF MOVIE IS LIKE TAPPING IN TO STARWARS. I HOPE THEY START SOON I WANT TO SEE SKULL LEADER WIPPING SOME ALIEN ASS!!!

    • NIK T

      I THINK THE ROLE OF RICK HUNTER SHOULD BE PLAYED BY JO JONAS FROM THE JONAS BROTHERS HE LOOKS LIKE HIM ITS HIS ROLE

      • http://nowebsite david arguelles

        yeah……….it could be,but if u wanna put a good actor i think rick hunter should be played by the guy who played in speed racer,whats his name?

  • jude

    When I heard the news that Robotech becoming into a motion picture, I flipped out, I cheered. But, I dont think toby m. has what it takes to act out to be Rick Hunter. Toby M. to me, doesn’t have of wide range of characters to express. All his movies are basically the same innocent, coy, humble characters as in spider-man, seabiscuit, cider house rules, etc. That dance Toby M. acted out on SpiderMan 3 jumped the shark. lol. Rick Hunter deserves to be Rick Hunter. He should be sharp looking, and clever. I vote for Jake Gyllenhal!

  • jude

    When I heard the news that Robotech becoming into a motion picture, I flipped out, I cheered. But, I dont think toby m. has what it takes to act out to be Rick Hunter. Toby M. to me, doesn’t have of wide range of characters to express. All his movies are basically the same innocent, coy, humble characters as in spider-man, seabiscuit, cider house rules, etc. That dance Toby M. acted out on SpiderMan 3 jumped the shark. lol. Rick Hunter deserves to be Rick Hunter. He should be sharp looking, and clever. I vote for Jake Gyllenhal!

  • Mike

    I think it’s a great idea, but not as a motion piture. It would be better if it was a series. There’s a better character development in a series. A two hour movie? c’mon. These are great characters and it will be botched by condensing their development. After all that’s why we love them so.

    • Jimmy Bee

      Mike,

      This could be the beginning of the next Great sci-fi series.

      It could be as big as Star Wars–if down correctly.

      I can see six movies, like Star Wars.

      As long as they don’t bumble it.

    • Kosenator

      You said it. But as Jimmy pointed out, a trilogy or so, could very well put it in the league of Star Wars – if the director has the same vivid imagination as show in the original SW trilogy (Ep.1 sucked, Ep.2 was acceptable, Ep.3 came close to being Star Wars…)

    • Deathstroke16

      a lot can happen in two hours look at star trek(it was better than iron man 2) and I’m pretty sure if it does good it’ll be up for more than just one.

  • Mike

    I think it’s a great idea, but not as a motion piture. It would be better if it was a series. There’s a better character development in a series. A two hour movie? c’mon. These are great characters and it will be botched by condensing their development. After all that’s why we love them so.

    • Jimmy Bee

      Mike,

      This could be the beginning of the next Great sci-fi series.

      It could be as big as Star Wars–if down correctly.

      I can see six movies, like Star Wars.

      As long as they don’t bumble it.

    • Kosenator

      You said it. But as Jimmy pointed out, a trilogy or so, could very well put it in the league of Star Wars – if the director has the same vivid imagination as show in the original SW trilogy (Ep.1 sucked, Ep.2 was acceptable, Ep.3 came close to being Star Wars…)

  • Amy

    i loved robotech im a bit too young but i’m the youngest and my brothers watched it for years we are big robotech geeks we are alll extremely excited over the movie but i and we agree toby M is NOT rick at all James Franco would make a good roy (though he is about 5 years too young ) and clint eastwood would do for Glovle in a pinch but i think Gery oldmen would be better as for rick im not sure who can pull off his smart ass pilot. i think who they have lined up for lisa and minma are all wrong too i like kyra nightly but i just dont think shes lisa and Amanda Bynes AS Minma helllllll noooooo hell mandy moor would do a better job ! Minma was first and formost a singer ( albit annoying after a while) and i know Amanda Bynes was in hair spray but still dont think she minma. and no one had said anything about who going to play ben max and myria

    • Itachi Battousai

      Amy there have been upgrade to the characters in the movie such as:
      Toby Maguire – Rick Hunter
      Holly Marie Combs – Lisa Hayes
      Kristen Kruek – Lynn Minmei
      Seth Rogen – Ben Dixon
      Viggo Mortensen _ Roy Focker
      Jada Pinkett Smith – Claudia Grant
      Jared Leto – Maximillian Sterling
      Alicia Witt – Miriya ( Sterling )
      I think with this set of cast members it will come out pretty good, hopefully…

      • vanessa q

        Adam Scott-Rick Hunter-100%
        Rachel McAdams – Lisa Hayes – OK
        Mena Survery- Lynn Minmei – ok!
        Seth Rogen – Ben Dixon – GREAT!
        Viggo Mortensen _ Roy Focker – VERY GOOD!
        Jada Pinkett Smith – Claudia Grant – OK
        Jared Leto- Maximillian Sterling – YEAH
        Alicia Witt – Miriya ( Sterling ) – HECK YEAH

        • Jason

          Lynn Minmei is Chinese and Japanese, so why would they choose a non Asian actress to play her?

      • http://www.flowersonmars.com/ nancy

        I think jusitn Chatwin should be Rick Hunter. Not Tobey, cmon. and I think Owen Wilson should play Roy Focker. Lets see, oh ya, I think Selena Gomez should play Lynn Minei…only because she has a big ass head, for those donuts minmee wears sometimes. lol everyone else sounds good. :) Cant wait!!