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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  • 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!!

  • TONY

    well i think, you are all right, a series would be better to get all the fighting and characters develop. A single movie is just a shot of adrenaline. At first i didn’t think about it as you see in my first comment but you guys make a great point. I hope they dont screw this up, this movie my make more than BATMAN THE DARK NIGHT. WILL SEE, TRANSFORMERS 2 IS COMING AND SOUND WAVE, AND I HOPE THE CONSTRUCTICONS, WOULD BE BAD ASS!

  • TONY

    well i think, you are all right, a series would be better to get all the fighting and characters develop. A single movie is just a shot of adrenaline. At first i didn’t think about it as you see in my first comment but you guys make a great point. I hope they dont screw this up, this movie my make more than BATMAN THE DARK NIGHT. WILL SEE, TRANSFORMERS 2 IS COMING AND SOUND WAVE, AND I HOPE THE CONSTRUCTICONS, WOULD BE BAD ASS!

  • Mark

    Robotech IMHO – needs to be realistic, and a bit dark sorta like the DARK KNIGHT. It has to be better than MACROSS ZERO, and thats no small task.Its has capture that sense of awe, and grandure but also make it feel real with a dash of nostalgia thrown in, which made the original series so special.

    Not sure who would make a good Rick Hunter(not Jake Gyllenhall thou), but I think a Good Roy Fokker would be Brad Pitt type actor, although brad pitt kinda bugs…I always saw a young Tom Cruise as a great Rick Hunter

  • Mark

    Robotech IMHO – needs to be realistic, and a bit dark sorta like the DARK KNIGHT. It has to be better than MACROSS ZERO, and thats no small task.Its has capture that sense of awe, and grandure but also make it feel real with a dash of nostalgia thrown in, which made the original series so special.

    Not sure who would make a good Rick Hunter(not Jake Gyllenhall thou), but I think a Good Roy Fokker would be Brad Pitt type actor, although brad pitt kinda bugs…I always saw a young Tom Cruise as a great Rick Hunter

  • Jimmy Bee

    Tobey is great as Pete Parker/Spiderman

    But he is not a good candidate for Rick Hunter. Roy Folker, maybe?
    He is just to old to–remember, Hunter was a teenager in Macross.

    A really good Acter would be Daniel Radcliff, with the messy hair like Rick Hunters.

    Hey, if Americans can fake British accents, the British can certainly fake an American accent. Look at all those foreign actors in Black Hawk Down, one of which plays Draco Melfoy’s father in the Harry Potter movies.

    • pepe

      Hey stupid dumb ass!!! that idiot actor of harry potthead? for Rick hunter…get a fuck out of here!!!!

      • xBANEx

        I TOTALLY AGREE, HARRY POTTER? LAME!!! TOBEY WOULD BE BETTER OFF PLAYING BREETAIS SIDEKICK EXODORE.

    • Kosenator

      Rather take the guy who played Frodo in LOTR. That took serious acting, not just swishing a stick around and seeing stars. And, when comparing to Rick hunter, he actually looks a lot more like Rick than the Harry goPotty – kid.

  • Jimmy Bee

    Tobey is great as Pete Parker/Spiderman

    But he is not a good candidate for Rick Hunter. Roy Folker, maybe?
    He is just to old to–remember, Hunter was a teenager in Macross.

    A really good Acter would be Daniel Radcliff, with the messy hair like Rick Hunters.

    Hey, if Americans can fake British accents, the British can certainly fake an American accent. Look at all those foreign actors in Black Hawk Down, one of which plays Draco Melfoy’s father in the Harry Potter movies.

    • pepe

      Hey stupid dumb ass!!! that idiot actor of harry potthead? for Rick hunter…get a fuck out of here!!!!

      • http://none xBANEx

        I TOTALLY AGREE, HARRY POTTER? LAME!!! TOBEY WOULD BE BETTER OFF PLAYING BREETAIS SIDEKICK EXODORE.

    • Kosenator

      Rather take the guy who played Frodo in LOTR. That took serious acting, not just swishing a stick around and seeing stars. And, when comparing to Rick hunter, he actually looks a lot more like Rick than the Harry goPotty – kid.

  • Itachi Battousai

    Its great that they’re finally bringing out Robotech ( a.k.a. Macross ) and I hope they don’t ruin the long standing anime series with a bunch of ridiculous love plots. I heard Kristen Kreuk is going to be Minmei, I think that is the best choice for that character. Also Viggo Mortensen ( I think thats how you spell his name ) is going to be Roy Focker, gosh really can’t wait for this movie to come out..

  • Itachi Battousai

    Its great that they’re finally bringing out Robotech ( a.k.a. Macross ) and I hope they don’t ruin the long standing anime series with a bunch of ridiculous love plots. I heard Kristen Kreuk is going to be Minmei, I think that is the best choice for that character. Also Viggo Mortensen ( I think thats how you spell his name ) is going to be Roy Focker, gosh really can’t wait for this movie to come out..

  • Trey

    I agree That Toby Wouldn’t make a Great Rick hunter Maybe Roy Fokker. But what I am worried about is who would play Gloval. and we also need someone who really is Asian to play Minmei. I also hope the zentradai are really 50 feet tall in the movie

    • Aaron

      Gloval…no friggan way it could possibly be anyone other than Edward James Olmos.

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

        your right about that. Oh I think Rachael Mc Adams would be a great Lisa Hayes. :)

      • sprpwr

        Sean Connery! he has the accent and the look especially after The Hunt for Red October.