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Sony Pictures plans to make Robotech into a live-action film franchise

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A live-action film franchise based on the popular science-fiction anime series Robotech is currently being planned by Sony Pictures, the company confirmed today after securing the rights to the animated title, Variety reports.

According to the studio, the intention is to move "quickly toward production of a future global franchise." The upcoming film will be produced and written by the same team behind the film 300, producers Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton, and screenwriter Michael Gordon.

In a prepared statement Sony Pictures' Michael De Luca described the original Japanese series as having "a history that offers an epic love triangle, a renegade hero, and a world on the brink of extinction."

Robotech, which first aired in Japan in 1982, was one of the first anime series televised in North America while attempting to retain the original Japanese source material.

According to executive producer Frank Agrama of Harmony Gold, the original intellectual property rights holder, this has been a long time coming.

"Patience is a virtue," he said. "We at Harmony Gold have waited 30 years for the chips to fall in place. Finally they have, and finally our dreams have come true. I am sure that our fans and the public at large will be flabbergasted with what they will hear and see on the screen."