‘Hawkeye’ Director Rhys Thomas To Helm Sony’s ‘Robotech’ Adaptation
After helping steer the ship as the main director on Marvel’s Hawkeye series, Rhys Thomas has been set to direct Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari’s Robotech for Sony Pictures. The film is currently in development with the script by Marcum & Holloway, with a rewrite by Gatewood & Tanaka. Harmony Gold is also involved.
Based on the popular 80s anime TV series, story of Robotech is set in a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology of an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific island and is now using that technology to fight off an impending alien invasion.
Thomas is flying high right now after directing and executive producing the Disney+ Marvel series, Hawkeye, with Jeremy Renner reprising his Avenger role. Thomas is also highly regarded in the comedy world for his work on Saturday Night Live and the Emmy-nominated and critically-acclaimed IFC series Documentary Now!, which he co-created with Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers, and directed. For Documentary Now!, Thomas received four Emmy nominations and he is currently in production on Season 4.
Gatewood & Tanaka’s feature Sharper sold in a bidding war to Apple and A24 with Julianne Moore attached to star. Ben Curon directed the film, now in post-production, co-starring Sebastian Stan. Gatewood & Tanaka are currently writing Untitled Asian American Heist Project for Amazon. Canton/Nunnari Productions producing credits include 300 and Immortals, and most currently Canton is an executive producer of the Power universe series.
Thomas is represented by WME, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham. Gatewood and Tanaka are repped by UTA, Management 360, Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman, LLP