James Wan Eyed to Direct ‘Robotech’ Live-Action Film
Following his detour into action filmmaking with Furious 7, director James Wan talked about returning to the horror genre, which is exactly what he did, returning to the helm for The Conjuring 2. But just when he thought he was out of the action genre, they may have just pulled him back in — Sony is eyeing the director to take on their live-action Robotech film.
Deadline reports that the studio is in “early discussions” with Wan to direct the film, based on the popular sci-fi anime series from the ‘80s. Wan successfully helped guide Furious 7 to global box office domination, as the film has currently brought in $1.3 billion worldwide. While part of the film’s success can be attributed to widespread affection for the increasingly insane franchise, Wan must also be given credit for seriously delivering on the promise of the film’s seventh installment.
If hired — and if Robotech is received very, very well — Wan would help start a new franchise for Sony, making it the fourth franchise he’s successfully launched (behind Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring). The animated Robotech series assimilated three Japanese animated shows to create the U.S. version, which centered on the discovery of an alien ship containing robotic technology, which is then used to ward off other alien invasions.