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Sony working on a 'Robotech' movie from the makers of '300' and 'GI Joe'

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In the wake of last year’s devastating hack and the slightly-less-devastating-but-not-particularly-great-either box office results for Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony continues its aggressive expansion into new franchise territory. The studio announced Wednesday that it “has moved aggressively” (to quote from the press release) to secure the rights to hall-of-fame anime Robotech, with the intention of rebooting it into a new movie franchise.

First released stateside in the mid-80s, Robotech is an elaborate sci-fi tale about crashed alien ships, transforming giant robots, and extraterrestrial-vs-terrestrial warfare. (The original Robotech series actually weaved together three unrelated-but-similar anime series. It sort of worked, though?) The new Robotech will be produced by Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton, who worked on 300 and Immortals. A screenplay is currently in the works from Michael Gordon, who wrote 300 and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and, more importantly, 300.

No targeted release schedule was announced for the franchise, but expect regular updates for the next half decade.

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