Director James Wan is, rather unsurprisingly, a hot commodity in Hollywood following the major box office success ($1.3 billion worldwide and counting) of “Furious 7.” On Wednesday, Deadline reported that he’s in talk with Sony Pictures to direct the studio’s live-action “Robotech” film, based on the ’80s sci-fi anime franchise that found further popularity in the United States.
This is on top of previous reports that Wan is the frontrunner to direct Warner Bros.’ “Aquaman” film, along with Paramount’s desire for him to helm the eighth film in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise. Deadline notes that despite Wan’s multiple offers, Sony and the director seek to “try and make this work.” He’s also already committed to a sequel to “The Conjuring,” one of several successful horror films he’s directed.
“Robotech” had a three-season run in the US starting in 1985, and was actually the result of three different Japanese series combined into one narrative. A live-action film has been in various stages of development for years, formerly at Warner Bros. Late last month, news broke that Sony had acquired the license, and was planning to develop the property as a potential multi-film franchise. In February it was reported that Michael Gordon, writer of “300” and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” had been hired to write the screenplay.