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‘The Losers’ director Sylvain White talks about gearing up for ‘Robotech’

Following a panel Saturday for The Losers at San Francisco’s 2010 Wondercon, director Sylvain White joined cast members including Chris Evans, director Sylvain White talks and Zoe Saldana to speak directly to reporters about the upcoming film. Additionally, White addressed questions about his participation in a live-action version of Robotech, which his name was attached to direct as of last year.

“Well, it’s not a project that’s greenlit or anything like that,” White said in a roundtable interview. “It’s a great cult series. When it came out, I actually saw it in France growing up. I saw it in French, but it’s a pretty amazing cartoon and I’m hoping it’s going to come to fruition.”

White demurred on the specifics of his contract, but admitted that he has read the screenplay for Robotech. “I actually read a draft [of a script] that was really good. I’m interested in doing it, but the project is not fast-tracked or anything like that, so it’s not official – there’s no deal, there’s nothing like that. They sent me a draft, I liked it, and I think it’s a work in progress.”

Robotech is a long-running anime series that endured through several different generations of characters before it was discontinued after 85 episodes. White indicated that the film would focus exclusively on the first generation, dubbed “The Macross Saga,” and said that decision mirrored choices he made in The Losers to let the source material’s existing mythology breathe, not to mention be available for future installments.

“It’s the first generation – the story’s first-generation,” White said. “But what’s really cool about The Losers as well, is we’re not trying to jam-pack all of the comic books into one movie; we really went back to the source material and started with Ante Up, which is Volume One, and follow the story linearly. So the cool thing is that it’s really an origin story, how these guys became The Losers, and it also leaves a lot of room from the source material for sequels. So hopefully people will love this movie and we can keep on enjoying the adventures of The Losers.”

The Losers is scheduled for release nationwide from Warner Brothers Pictures on April 24, 2010.

About Todd Gilchrist

Todd Gilchrist is a Los Angeles-based film critic and entertainment journalist. Over the past decade he worked at a variety of online and print publications, including the Miami New Times, Filmstew.com, SCI FI Wire, and IGN.com, where he wrote reviews, conducted interviews with actors and filmmakers, and edited Movies, DVD and Music content. He currently works for Cinematical.com among other outlets, and has been a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association since 2005.

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  • April 6, 2010 | Permalink |

    Too bad HG can’t use any Macross related elements for the RTLAM. This movie is going to be a Robotech in name only with none of the stuff from the series.

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