‘Voltron’ Movie Officially Confirmed
With the Transformers world somewhat coming an end now that director Michael Bay and star Shia Labeouf are dropping out of any more sequels, it seems like the right time to launch yet another blockbuster robot franchise. Relativity is now looking into kicking off a live-action adaptation of Voltron.
The original series was created by Peter Keefe in 1983 using material he had licensed from the Japanese cartoons Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. The producers had no means of translating the Japanese series into English, so they surmised the plots and created all-new dialog, editing out the more violent scenes and remixing the audio into a stereo format. The series was an immediate hit in the United States, topping the syndication market for children’s programs in the mid-1980s.
World Event Productions originally had plans to bring the animated 80’s series to the big screen but decided to abort and instead focus on an animated series on Nicktoons. Apparently there as some sort of legal battle with Toei Company Ltd. over the movie rights. So I guess Relativity Media won out and now it seems like it is a definite go. Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer are writing the script. The duo have already worked together on Sahara, Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night and the upcoming Conan The Barbarian. Judging by the screenwriters talents, don’t expect Voltron to be any good.
Watch a full episode of the animated series below. Enjoy!
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