The robot apocalypse is coming—and it apparently even caught George Lucas himself by surprise. Professional wrestler Chris Jericho hosts Syfy's upcoming Robot Combat League series, which pits giant mechs against one another in a boxing ring a la Real Steel, and said he was surprised to learn that Lucas himself thought the premise was ahead of its time.
In an interview with Showrenity, Jericho recounts an on-set meeting with Lucas about the show (Lucas' daughter Amanda controls one of the fighting 'bots). Here's how it all went down:
"George Lucas came down. His daughter's one of the contestants. She's an actual MMA fighter. And I asked him what is was like to see his vision from forty years ago come to life like this? And he said that the fact that technology has gotten to this point blows his mind.Check out the latest trailer for the series below:
And now that we have fighting robots, in twenty years they'll probably destroy the human race. Just remember that you saw them on Syfy first. This is where Skynet starts ... It didn't matter what your stature was. Once you put on the suit, it was all about the strategy. And that was the beauty of it. In fact, if the show keeps going on, you could have a kids' version. Because it's not about this [puts up his hands to box], it's about this [points to his brain]."
Robot Combat League premieres Tuesday, Feb. 26, on Syfy. Will you be watching?