Furious 7 director Wan in talks to direct film version of Robotech shows

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Following the runaway success of Furious 7, franchise director James Wan is in talks to direct a film version of the Japanese Robotech 80’s shows. The Furious franchise, which has grossed north of one billion dollars worldwide in its latest incarnation, shows no sign of slowing its steamroller success and there are already plans for Furious 8.

The talks are taking place a month after Sony acquired rights to the project and set it up with Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton producing and Michael Gordon (“300,” “G.I. Joe”) writing the script. The series on which it’s based is centered on humanity’s use of robot technology to fend off alien invaders.

“Robotech” derives from a series of popular Japanese TV shows that made their way over to the United States in the ’80s. The rights to the material had originally been at Warner Bros. with Tobey Maguire and Akiva Goldsman on board as producers.

Prior to “Furious 7,” Wan co-created the lucrative “Saw” and “Insidious” franchises along with directing the surprise hit “The Conjuring.” He’s producing “Insidious 3″ and returning to direct “The Conjuring 2” for New Line in the fall.

Furious star Paul Walker lost his life in an unrelated car wreck during the filming of the latest instalment.

Read the story in Variety here.

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