Robotech still lives!
Source: NYCC 2012: “Robotech” Panel Report
Background: Robotech was a 1985 cartoon produced by Harmony Gold USA which which cobbled together three separate and unrelated Tatsunoko production anime: The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA. Robotech focused on the mysterious Protoculture and the humans' battle against invading aliens using Robotechnology (aka. giant mecha). Several follow ups (original videos, novelizations) have been produced in the following years.
The Robotech panel at New York Comic Con was hosted by Kevin McKeever (Harmony Gold USA) had a brief news and rundown segment and a good amount of Q&A. The panel covered several subjects, including the recent A&E Complete series DVD, some new toys, and the live action movie.
During discussion of the A&E DVDs, McKeever showed a clip of the new Robotech project Love Live Alive which is based on the MOSPEADA movie titled Love Live Alive. The original was basically a music video collection Yellow Belmont's (in Robotech, Lancer) music. The new project will add a plot to the music, with new flashback scenes which tie to recent and future projects. Speaking of future projects, after Love Live Alive is finished, the intent is to go forward to the Robotech sequel Shadow Chronicles, with a follow-up titled "Shadow Rising".
The live-action movie which is currently in development with Warner Bros and Maguire Entertainment (Tobey Maguire's production company). The rumors about Maguire playing Rick Hunter are not true, he is only involved in the production side. THey are also not far enough into development to discuss casting. Warner Bros is said to be equating the franchise to Harry Potter in that they want to have as much Robotech as possible.
A few pieces of negative news were included in the panel. Since the original toy molds were damaged and the market for models in the USA is weak, there is little chance we'll see rissues of older toy or model products in the USA. A new television series is also currently out of the question McKeever said, citing costs and creative rights. Material from the Japanese series such as Macross Plus, Macross 7, or Macross Frontier have little chance of tying into Robotech as the rights are not available.
There is also little chance of any future Robotech novels from Jack McKinney. McKinney was pen name for authors Brian Daley and James Luceno. Daley passed away in 1996, and Luceno is currently writing Star Wars books.