The long gestating Warner Bros. Robotech
project has its first director attached to the project. I only say it that way because the screenplay has changed hands so many times, why not simply accept that commercials director Nic Mathieu could be one of many names attached to it by the time cameras start rolling? There is, of course, no safe bet, as the transition from short films and commercials to full fledged features has proven difficult for some (Carl Rinsch anyone?) .
Mathieu, like others before him, has proven adept at fusing terrific CG effects with live action elements, as you can see below in one of his commercials. And with giant robot movies Pacific Rim and Transformers 4 being the action cinema du jour this year, it should be easier for WB to get this project up and running. But before Mathieu has a chance to fend off the Zentradi invasion force, WB has other plans for him...
Warners already has shown it has
plenty of faith in the burgeoning filmmaker: He is attached to
direct The Wind, a David Keopp-written sci-fi project
that the studio picked up in spring 2012 after being dazzled by his
impressive presentation. Mathieu also is attached to direct The
Story of Your Life, an alien drama being produced by Shawn
Levy's 21 Laps.
If Mathieu can get initiated into the studio system on those films and survive, I would be more comfortable with him handling the franchise that meant a lot to me even before Transformers
hit television screens. We shall see.