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The Untold Story , is a feature film and was the first new Robotech adventure created after the premiere of the original series. It uses footage from the Megazone 23 Part 1 OVA Original Video Animation ; made-for-video animated feature combined with scenes from "Southern Cross" and additional original animation produced for the film.
The film would also have served as a prequel to the Sentinels, as both projects were initially meant to share many characters. The film had to be changed again after the distributor of the film, Cannon Films , saw an incomplete rough cut of the film and were upset by it.
They ordered Macek to remove multiple scenes from the film and to add more violence most of the scenes removed were scenes setting up characters and showing female characters interacting.
Macek reluctantly did what they ordered, and created a new script and rough edit for the film in less than 24 hours. When the distributors saw Macek act out the new film, they were much more pleased with the new cut.
The film had limited success in Argentina and Belgium. The Complete Series collection, a minute version of Robotech: The Movie containing only footage used from "Southern Cross".
There was no attempt to remaster the footage. The feature-length pilot is composed of the first three and only episodes that were produced. The Sentinels featured characters from all three Robotech sagas and introduced the SDF-3 along with an overview of their new mission. The series was planned to have a total of 65 episodes. In Robotech Art 3: Harmony Gold lacked the funds to produce the series on its own, and production ceased after only three episodes. This version has opening titles resembling those found on the "Robotech Remastered" DVD's, as well as a new ending with text explaining the fate of the SDF Also, all of the flashback footage used from "The Macross Saga" has been removed, including the re-used footage from the episode "Wedding Bells".
In , Tommy Yune announced development of a new sequel film, which was untitled until as Robotech: The storyline overlaps with and continues from the unresolved ending of the original series. The title of the story-arc was soon changed to Robotech: The first trailers with finished animation were shown at Anime Expo and Comic-Con International in It was not until February , when Kevin McKeever, operations coordinator at Harmony Gold, was able to confirm that the pilot movie had been completed.
After a series of delays, FUNimation Entertainment was finally announced as the home video, broadcast, and theatrical distributor at the Comic-Con International in San Diego with the possibility of producing further sequels.
Harmony Gold premiered the movie at various film festivals in , and it was first seen by a public audience at MechaCon on August 9, , where it was showcased as a charity screening to help raise funds for the ongoing Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery effort.
A limited theatrical run followed in January , and the film was released on DVD on February 6, This video includes two episodes cobbled together from clips of The Macross Saga. Titled "To the End of the Universe" and "Battle Royale", these episodes contain no new footage, and are not meant to follow any continuity established in the TV series.
Carl Macek revealed ideas for another proposed series, Robotech: The Sentinels left off, and eventually created a circular storyline that would end where the original Robotech began in a giant episode cycle to fill up all the weekdays in a year. The SDF-3's crew would become citizens of the Robotech Masters' homeworld and change time by becoming a part of its history. Ultimately, it would be revealed that Lynn Minmei was the mother of Zor, making Minmei the focal point of Robotech.
The final episode of the Odyssey would be of Zor dying and his Super Dimension Fortress the SDF-1 being launched into space, and eventually crash landing on Earth in The next episode after that would be "Boobytrap", episode 1 of the original series which in turn will create an endless loop within the Robotech universe. Regarding the plot, Firth mentioned a "retired Commodore Hunter, whom ever that may be, could very well be speaking at the graduation of the later day cadets or whatever, and they ask him to tell them the story all over again: Macek himself has never mentioned Robotech IV or V in any interviews or writings.
Taking the three different "generations" of the original series as separate parts, and the canceled Robotech: The Sentinels as the "fourth" part, Firth could have been referring to the proposed Robotech: The Odyssey as Robotech 5 , since it would be a fifth part of the overall saga.
Macek attempted another sequel with the development of Robotech This all-CGI series would have been set a millennium in the future of the Robotech universe and feature none of the old series' characters. In the three-minute trailer, an expedition is sent to check on a non-responsive mining outpost and is attacked by "infected" Veritech mecha. The idea was abandoned midway into production after negative reception within the company, negative fan reactions at the FanimeCon anime convention in , and financial difficulties within Netter Digital who was animating the show.
The trailer is hosted on the official Robotech website, and was included in the release of the Robotech: In October , veteran animation writer and producer Greg Weisman revealed that he wrote developed an animated spin-off series titled Robotech: A sixty-second public service announcement for the 60th anniversary of the United Nations , featuring Scott Bernard and Ariel, was animated during the production of The Shadow Chronicles.
Although it did not use the original voice actors and the dialogue was somewhat out-of-character, it nonetheless marked the first fully completed Robotech footage in many years. Pre-production reportedly began on February and a projected release date of sometime in was originally expected. Khyron's Counterattack , using footage from, respectively, Gunbuster and Gundam: Char's Counterattack , continuing the tradition of the original Robotech's adaptation of unrelated anime series into a single continuity.
On August 17, , second teaser revealed Rick Hunter standing in front of an image of the VF-4 shown in the final episodes of the original series. Robotech Skull Knights has not been released yet. The series was cancelled after Harmony Gold issued a "cease and desist" letter to the producers. The team was, however, hired to do the CGI effects for Robotech: Maguire stated, "We are very excited to bring Robotech to the big screen.
There is a rich mythology that will be a great foundation for a sophisticated, smart and entertaining film.
He was unable to confirm any details of budget, casting, expected release date, or storyline, explaining that it was too early in the life of the project for these things to have been decided.
Tommy Yune also revealed that the film is planned as a re-imagining of the original Robotech universe with new updated mecha and character designs and will take place several years in the future, departing from the original cartoon's setting.
Fully Loaded , and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor are the writers for the film. Roven is currently no longer working on the proposed film adaptation of the Robotech animated series, but he wished the remaining producers Goldsman and Maguire "fantastic luck" on the project.
Smith wrote for the British soaps Family Affairs and Bad Girls before writing the critically acclaimed crime suspense novel Child Smith will be the fourth writer or writing team to be reportedly attached to the upcoming film's pre-production. Episode VII and has shown interest to star as a main character in the upcoming big screen version of Robotech. Maguire will probably participate in the film as another one of the lead actors — while Nic Mathieu will direct.
Gordon to write the film's script and are looking at Andy Muschietti to direct it. On March 25, , Variety announced that the Robotech franchise had been acquired by Sony Pictures , who views Robotech as a potential film franchise. On September 12, , Jason Fuchs was reportedly hired by the studio to write the script for the film. At the time of its broadcast, Harmony Gold also launched Robotech through a popular line of comics to be followed by novels, role-playing games, toys, and other consumer products.
With the cancellation of Robotech II: The Sentinels , many of these licensed products were discontinued, and led to a drought of Robotech product through much of the s, except for publishers who continued The Sentinels storyline in print. In , Starblaze Graphics published Robotech Art 1 , a reference book containing artwork, Japanese production designs, and episode guides from the original television series.
This was followed by Robotech Art 2 , which was largely a collection of art by various American artists and fans. The Sentinels into Robotech Art 3: The Sentinels , which also included his story outline for the rest of the unfinished series, with an explanation behind its cancellation. Robotech comics were first published in with DC Comics' short-lived Robotech Defenders and Comico's adaptation of the first episode of the Japanese version of Macross.
However, the first adaptation of the Robotech television series did not arrive until with Comico's Robotech: The Macross Saga Number 2, which continued from the first Macross issue.
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