James Wan Circling 'Robotech' for Sony
Just when it seemed James Wan couldn't get any hotter, here comes Sony with some mechas.
Wan has the offer and is in early talks to direct Robotech, Sony's adaptation of the anime featuring giant armored warriors.
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Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton are producing the project, which is based on 1980s cartoon series from Harmony Gold USA and Japan's Tatsunoko Productions. It was re-edited and re-dialogued to combine three Japanese anime series to give the producers enough episodes to air as a daily syndicated series.
The Sony talks are the latest potential deal for Wan and underscore how wanted he has became since knocking it out of the park with Furious 7, which had zoomed past $1.3 billion dollars.
The filmmaker also has the offer and is in talks to direct Aquaman for Warners. Universal, meanwhile, wants him for Fast & Furious 8.
But how many of these projects can Wan conceivably do? The filmmaker is already committed to directing The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, which will shoot in fall 2015. Despite an urgency for Aquaman, Warners seems willing to wait for Wan. Sony, too, is ready to wait.
It's a rare position the filmmaker finds himself and that was no better illustrated than a very recent party thrown for Wan by the head of his agency, Paradigm's Sam Gores. Warner Bros Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara was in attendance, vying for Wan's attention along with Aquaman producer Chuck Roven. Vin Diesel, Neal Moritz and Universal execs pressed flesh as well as their project while the Sony execs and Nunnari did their thing.
Robotech is a sprawling sci-fi epic that takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific island. Mankind is forced to use the technology to fend off three successive waves of alien invasions.
The first invasion concerns a battle with a race of giant warriors who seek to retrieve their flagship's energy source, known as "protoculture," and the planet's survival ends up in the hands of two young pilots.
In addition to Paradigm, Wan is repped by Stacey Testro International and Myman Greenspan.
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