‘Hawkeye’ instructor Rhys Thomas to direct Sony’s ‘Robotech’ adaptation – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: After helping steer the ship as CEO of Marvel’s Hawkeye series, Rhys Thomas has been set to direct Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari’s Robotech to Sony Pictures. The film is currently under development with the script by Marcum & Holloway with a rewrite by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka. Harmony Gold is also involved.

Based on the popular 80s anime TV series, Robotech takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology of an alien that crashed on an island in the South Pacific and is now using this technology to combat an impending alien invasion.

Thomas flies high after directing and producing the Disney + Marvel series Hawkeye, with Jeremy Renner repeating his Avengers role. Thomas is also highly regarded in the comedy world for his work with Saturday Night Live and the Emmy-nominated IFC series Documentary now!, which he co-created with Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers and directed. Thomas received four Emmy nominations for Documentary now! and is in production in season 4.

Gatewood & Tanaka’s function Sharper sold in a bidding war to Apple and A24, with Julianne Moore attached to the star. Ben Curon directed the film starring Sebastian Stan, who is in post-production. Gatewood & Tanaka writes Untitled Asian American Heist Project for Amazon. Canton / Nunnari Productions’ credits include 300 and Immortaland Canton is an executive producer of Power universe for Starz.

Thomas is represented by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham. Gatewood and Tanaka are represented by UTA, Management 360, Hansen Jacobson Teller.

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