Live-action Robotech actually happening (Thank you, Pacific Rim!)

It's been in development hell for more than five years, but it looks like the '80s mech classic is finally happening.

Back in 2007, Akiva Goldsman and Tobey Maguire set out to produce a live-action version of one of the most beloved Japanese mech anime ever made, Robotech.  They went through a number of script rewrites and didn't seem to be getting any traction.  Looking back, it's not all that surprising, considering there didn't seem to be a market for that sort of picture.

But that was then, and this is now.  With Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim getting tons of press, a new Godzilla movie on the way and a major Eastern influence on The Wolverine, there seems to be a lot more room for a picture like this to make some headway.

That's exactly what happened, and today we can confirm that first-time film director Nic Mathieu has taken the job of bringing Robotech to the big screen.  This isn't the first time we've seen this recently, either.  Remember that popular comic series Y The Last Man hired a first-timer, too.  In this case, Mathieu's background is in commerical directing.  Specifically, the kind of high-concept stuff that makes him a good fit for this sort of filmmaking.  

Observe.

Yeah, we think he'll work out just fine.

(via Geek Tyrant)