VOLTRON Coming To The Big Screen
Relativity Media recently announced that it had optioned the feature film rights for VOLTRON and will adapt the live-action big screen version from the 1984 cult-classic animated series Voltron: Defender of the Universe.
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 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).
The original series, based on the Japanese anime properties Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV, aired in the United States between 1984 and 1985. It has become sort of an “international pop-culture hit” and has garnered a large following over the last 25 years.
A new version of the series entitled Voltron Force premiered on June 16, 2011 Nicktoon and became the highest-rated debut ever for the channel.