Lawrence Kasdan to write Robotech movie
More than nine months after Warner Bros. acquired the rights to Robotech, the big-screen adaptation of the anime classic has a new writer: heavy hitter Lawrence Kasdan, who’s responsible for such screenplays as Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Craig Zahler originally was tapped to pen the adaptation.
So, yeah, Lawrence Kasdan. That’s the good news. Now for the not-so-good news: Akiva Goldsman is coming aboard as a producer, along with Chuck Roven. They join Tobey Maguire and Drew Crevello.
Produced by Harmony Gold USA and Tatsunoko Prods., the 1980s anime aired in the United States as a daily syndicated series. Robotech was adapted from three different mecha series: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada.
Robotech takes place on a futuristic Earth, where mankind has used technology salvaged from a crashed alien spacecraft to create giant robots — which it then uses to battle alien invaders.
Frank Agrama of Harmony Gold, which holds the rights to Robotech, will serve as an executive producer.
Robert Downey Jr. to star in Cowboys & Aliens
Robert Downey Jr. is in negotiations to star in DreamWorks/Universal’s Cowboys & Aliens, based on the Platinum Studios graphic novel by by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, from an idea by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.
The pulpy sci fi-Western centers on a battle between the Apache and frontier settlers that is interrupted by a crashing spaceship. Downey will play Zeke Jackson, an ex-Union Army gunslinger.
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