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SDCC: VOLTRON Moving Forward

Relativity Media and Atlas team up for Voltron movie.

By Jarrod Sarafin     July 22, 2011
Source: Relativity Media, Atlas


Voltron: Defender of the Universe
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Relativity Media's President of Worldwide Production Tucker Tooley announced today the studio has optioned the feature film rights for Voltron from World Event Productions, and will adapt the live-action big screen version from the 1984 cult-classic animated series "Voltron: Defender of the Universe." The project was brought to Relativity through their deal with Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, whose company will shepherd the project.

In Voltron, an elite battle force defends the fate of mankind in the spectacular action adventure. Five young warriors are responsible for the future of the galaxy when they become pilots of a battalion of ultra-high-tech Robot Lions, powerful vessels with the ability to join together to form a fearsome mega-weapon known as "Voltron."

The original series, based on the Japanese anime properties Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV, aired in the United States for two years and has been described as an "international pop-culture hit" that has garnered a large following over the last 25 years. In recent years, the Voltron property has sold over 300,000 DVDs, established numerous apparel and consumer product deals and has spawned a TV series, "Voltron Force," which became Nicktoon's highest-rated debut ever on June 16, 2011.

The live-action film will be produced by Atlas Entertainment's Roven (The Dark Knight) and Richard Suckle (The International), along with Kickstart Entertainment's Jason Netter (Wanted). World Events Productions' Ted Koplar ("Voltron Force") will executive produce. The script is being penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly (Conan the Barbarian) and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara).

Tooley said, "For nearly three decades, Voltron has captured the minds of a nostalgically loyal and rabid fan base and has long been considered a hotly-pursued project. We are beyond excited World Event Productions and Atlas Entertainment have placed their trust and faith in Relativity to bring this coveted property to the big screen, and usher in a new generation of devoted fans." Tooley added, "With Chuck and Richard's experience producing tentpoles, they are the perfect producers to bring this potential franchise to theaters."

Roven, co-founder, Atlas Entertainment said, "It's incredibly gratifying to officially announce the development of the live-action Voltron movie this week, given its recent resurgence and the start of Comic-Con."

Suckle, producer, Atlas Entertainment added, "I know there's been a lot of rumors and speculation about this movie, so it's great to finally confirm to all the Voltron fans everywhere that we're coming for them."

 


Thanks to Chopsaki for the submission.

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Dazzler 7/22/2011 4:15:26 AM

Have to try and find Voltron force.

Darkknight2280 7/22/2011 4:15:53 AM

SWEET! I hope its good and not some Dragonball type movie abortion! Maybe it will be more along the lines of transformers with more heart and a tighter plot. But if its just like transformers i will be happy too since i liked that franchise.

OK Fanboys start yo bitchin! lol

Wiseguy 7/22/2011 5:17:09 AM

Never cared for the cartoon not familiar with any aspects except that it's similar to Titan Maximum :) so any deviations ala Transformers or GI Joe won't bother me. But it still has to be kick ass, I won't see anything that looks like Power Rangers

jedibanner 7/22/2011 5:44:00 AM

This will tank like GL did...interesting concept but now that Transformers has been done, it will be compared too easelly to it and the idea of giant robots fighing will just not attract the old fans anymore.

Smells like another GL disaster.

lusiphur 7/22/2011 6:19:32 AM

 Unfortuantely, I'm haveing a hard time seeing this going any other way than a Power Rangers type movie.  Which would be sad.  If they can put the heart and attention to detail in as well as those who did the Japanese live-action Space Battleship:  Yamato (Starblazers), it could be great.

Bryzarro 7/22/2011 7:21:08 AM

 Well Power Rangers, Thunderbirds, Scooby Doo all tried and IMO failed.  So Voltron which is about 2 maybe 3 generations past these current kids is going to do it right???? This has epic box office fail written all over it.

I'd probably pick it up on DVD and make my kid watch it but.

millean 7/22/2011 7:24:39 AM

I'm glad this is going forward, but fear that it can never be as good as how I can picture it in my head.  I just hope they aren't sticking with the old rumored concept of being based on Earth.  That would just be... disappointing.  The mythology of Voltron's origin on a distant planet could be pretty sweet on the big screen.  Just not the same if based on this planet.

In any event, I'm glad it is moving forward.  Even if it doesn't turn out well, that is more than what we would have had.

Oh, and if this does turn out just like Transformers, I can hear it now... "you can't even tell the lions apart from each other!"  :)

goldeneyez 7/22/2011 7:50:22 AM

 So a couple of things...

1. I have no faith that they will not screw this up.  Every attempt to revitalize Voltron on the small screen including the latest one on Nickelodeon has stunk.

2. to millean's point, I had a conversation with my best friend about Transformers.  Both of us are in the camp of part of the reason the Transformers movies stunk (among other things) was that you can't tell the robots apart... He brought up the idea that if the robots in Transformers looked like the robots in the trailer for the boxing robots Real Steel it would have helped out a lot.  They could easily design the lions to look like they did in the original cartoon and it wouldn't be hard to tell them apart at all.

celt_6@yahoo.com_home 7/22/2011 8:39:28 AM

Just a note to whoever wrote the summary of the film (are those your words, Jarrod, or the studio's?):  a "battalion" is around 1200 soldiers.  As powerful as the Voltron Lions are, there's only 5 of them.

violator14 7/22/2011 9:05:06 AM

Ya keep michael Bay away from this. He will probably turn them into just one lion, a tiger, and a bear....oh my!

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