Friday, September 07, 2007

Tobey Takes 'TECH

A couple of years ago, the successful relaunch of beloved '80s property G.I. Joe (on September 12, 2001, as it happens) hurled the comic book industry into a nostalgic buzz that saw updated versions of Transformers, Thundercats, Masters of the Universe, and Japanese/American hybrid Robotech all hit shelves in rapid succession. Most of these relaunches were unsuccessful, with really G.I. Joe being the only one to go the distance (though the Transformers license recently landed at IDW -- a relaunch of a relaunch). Now history seems to repeating itself in Hollywood.

The stunning (though, if you asked anyone who grew up back then, inevitable) success of the Transformers feature has already led to the recent announcement of a G.I. Joe movie, helmed by Mummy/Van Helsing director Stephen Sommers, and today comes word that Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire will produce and star in a big budget redo of Robotech. Presumably Maguire will play the lead character Rick Hunter (Rick Imata in the original Japanese version, Macross -- and yes, I'm that big of a geek).

Now, there's a world of difference between a project being announced and a project actually happening, so who knows if this thing even gets made, but it'll be interesting to track its progress, as well as that of all the other nostalgia-infused lemmings that are sure to follow in Transformers' considerable wake. MASK, anyone?

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