TR: Lawrence Kasdan to Write Robotech Movie

After the last week or so you’d think I’m just using as a mirror of Topless Robot or something, but no. I’m just so excited to share the site’s breaking news, Lawrence Kasdan to Write Robotech Movie. And TR is dead-on about what makes Robotech such nerd catnip. It’s not the transforming jets or the giant alien invaders — it’s the love story.

Frankly, Macross is the greatest love story ever told (Lolita is #2). Specifically: Lisa Hayes, the captain of the most powerful spaceship in the Universe, is so infatuated with pilot Rick Hunter she washes his underwear, while Rick chases after 15-year-old Chinese tease and pop star Lynn Minmei, who pines after her cousin Lynn Kyle, who angril throws empty gin bottles at Minmei. Oh, and Kyle is the spitting image of Lisa’s dead fiancé.

The pinnacle of this is episode 28, Reconstruction Blues. You ache for Lisa diligently cleaning up Rick’s apartment on her day off while he’s out getting stood up by Minmei. How can one man be so stupid? Dude, she does your frikkin’ laundry.

*epic facepalm*


This is one role I don’t play

This is about the time I got my ass handed to me by Max Sterling.

Max Sterling asks, ‘Wha..?’To see him, you wouldn’t think much of the modest waif hiding behind tinted aviator glasses, but Max was an extraordinary fighter pilot and an ace behind the controls of his veritech. In spite of his amazing combat skills, whenever he was out of the cockpit our slight little hero looked for all the world like that servile, 98-pound weakling all us grade-school-aged Robotech fans felt like.

His modesty concealed a gift even he seemed oblivious to: he was probably the best pilot in the entire Robotech Defense Force. Through his mad skillz, he was quickly promoted to commander of the prestigious fighter group Skull Squadron. During the course of the first Robotech war, he even tames a sexy, ass-kicking enemy alien. And such a nice young man. Max Sterling was the role model that every skinny-armed nerd could look up to.


The ‘Robotech’ movie?

I just about did my own Fokker’s feint when I read that Toby Maguire, something something… OMFG THERE’S A ROBOTECH MOVIE IN THE WORKS?

Yahoo News tells it:

A sprawling sci-fi epic, “Robotech” takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific isle. 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.

The article says that “The $686 million worldwide box office success of “Transformers” has inspired other studios to assemble giant robot movies.” proving there may at last be one good thing to come out of that confusing Michael Bay crapfest.

RobotechThis story may be a little premature, as IMDB doesn’t list the movie in Maguire’s actor filmography. Still, The Hollywood Reporter and MovieWeb are reporting that Warner Bros. has just bought the film rights, so there’s nothing to stop me from getting a giant nerd boner over the possibility of a big-screen Robotech!

For more, you can join the discussion over at the official site.

Robotech was my most beloved series as a kid, and the epic story would translate well to the big screen. Plus the dizzying dogfights between transforming fighter jets and giant alien invaders doesn’t hurt, either.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I… I have to go lie down.



I know. I know. This is way too geeky to post on something as cool and trendy as the internet, but I have compiled a table of all the connections among my three favorite, most formative sci-fi shows: Robotech, Farscape and Red Dwarf.