Mecha-centred adaptation back in development.

Commercials helmer Nic Mathieu has entered into talks to take the directing reigns of Warner’s big screen adaptation of the 1989s Japanese cartoon series ‘Robotech,’ reports THR.

In development since 2007, the adaptation of the mecha-centred series has had numerous screenwriters tackle the story, but this is the first time a director has been linked to the project.

A sprawling sci-fi epic, ‘Robotech’ takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific isle. Mankind is forced to use the technology to fend off an alien invasion, with the fate of the human race ending up in the hands of two young pilots.

The series, produced by Harmony Gold USA in association with Japan’s Tatsunoko Production, was a story adapted with edited content and revised dialogue from three unrelated Japanese series: ‘The Super Dimension Fortress Macross,’ ‘Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross,’ and ‘Genesis Climber MOSPEADA.’