Now, I am not an anime geek. With the exception of Robotech and Hayao Miyazaki’s films (which I don’t even consider anime, so much as excellent films that just happen to be animated and Japanese), you could blast it all off the face of the earth, and I wouldn’t miss it. But for all its soap-opera romantic subplots, Robotech had some pretty ahead-of-its-time stuff. Interacial relationships (not to mention interspecies relationships)! The struggle of being a pacifist in a violent world! The moral quandary of being seduced by a culture you were sent to spy on and sabotage! Plus, people fucking died! In a kid’s cartoon! In the last episode, pretty much everyone died.
Even if the concept of a live-action Robotech didn’t sound awful just on the face of it, who’s in charge of this turd? Well, exec producing there’s Tobey Maguire, the man who turned Spiderman into a whiny emo jerkbag. And writing it are a couple of hacks who churn out crap like Herbie: Fully Loaded and that last mummy movie, The Curse of Brendan Fraser’s Hairplugs or whatever the hell it was called.
Adding insult to injury, originally Lawrence Kasdan, aka The Guy Who Wrote The First Fucking Indiana Jones Movie, was originally on board to pen the screenplay; but Maguire jettisoned him when he took over the helm. God, FUCK YOU, SPIDEY.
Whatever, let’s just watch this clip from the first epsisode and hope this abomination never sees the light of day. The concept’s been in pre-production limbo practically since I was in high school, so it’s entirely possible.