It’s finally happening. Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” is opening a flood gate of sort and now Warner Brothers is announcing that they’re adapting this classic tale with Nic Mathieu set to direct it. Yeah, I don’t know who he is either, but he made this faux movie commercial. He seems to have a knack for that gritty science fiction feel, which can easily be applied to this film. I’m assuming they’ll only include the Macross saga, since it is the most iconic part of the random assortment of anime that they mashed up to make Robotech. The story is basically humanity harvesting alien technology from a strange ship that falls on Earth. They use it for the betterment of humanity and for fighting the alien threat from outer space. The running theme in this whole story is basically race harmony and working together towards a brighter future, which I think makes it the perfect movie for a February release.
So yeah, absolutely pumped that I’ll get to see these Valkyries zip through the sky on a bigger screen, but what other giant robot adaptations can we hope to see soon? Voltron is a given, though it is a bit too campy for a serious adaptation. Gundam is probably the obvious choice, but I’m thinking Patlabor.
It’s about a fleet of mobile suits being used in the service of the law enforcement. They protect the city from criminal activities involving robots called “labors.” I don’t think they have to tweak the formula too much to make this a successful Hollywood release since it’s already grounded in reality. I also think it would be amazing in the hands of Neill Blomkamp, the same dude who directed District 9. That movie had possibly one of the best action sequence involving an armored robotic suit, so it’s not a stretch to see him make this throw away opinion of mine become a reality.
Anyway, yeah. More robots in our theater, more money I lose.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Written by Daniel Lee