Voltron fans rejoice, Relativity Media and Atlas Entertainment are preparing to bring Voltron to the big screen as a live-action feature film. Relativity will be adapting the 1984 animated series Voltron: Defender of the Universe, as announced by Relativity Media’s President of Worldwide Production Tucker Tooley. The series, which was based on the Japanese anime properties Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV, aired for two years and has a huge fan base and spawned a new TV series on Nicktoon’s called Voltron Force, which set a new record for the network as the “highest-rated debut ever” when it premiered on June 16, 2011.
The Voltron film will be produced by Charles Roven and Jason Netter, and executive produced by Ted Koplar. Conan the Barbarian screenwriter Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara) are working on the script.
Tooley stated, “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.”
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”.
Source: Relativity Media – July 21, 2011