Relativity and Atlas Announce Live-Action VOLTRON Movie

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Relativity Media and Atlas Entertainment announced that, following a bidding war, they have optioned the feature film rights for Voltron.  The new movie will be a live-action remake based on the 1984 animated series Voltron: Defender of the Universe.  Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara) will write the script.  Here’s how the studios describe their newly acquired property:

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.”

If you found your way here, you are probably more familiar with Voltron than I am.  I’ll let you pore over the details in the press release after the jump, and discuss the potential of a live-action movie with fellow fans in the comments.

[Update: Better yet, check out Dave's recap of the Voltron panel at Comic-Con.]


Relativity Media and Atlas Entertainment to Bring Voltron to Big  Screen

Studio options feature film rights from World Event Productions

(Beverly Hills, CA) July 21, 2011 – 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 highly-successful TV series, Voltron Force™, which became Nicktoon’s highest-rated debut ever on June 16, 2011. Voltron™ will be making its first-ever panel debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Thursday, July 21 where they will feature a presentation of all-new and classic Voltron™ content.

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.”

World Events Productions was represented in the deal by UTA.

Looking ahead, Relativity will release David Ellis’ Shark Night 3D on September 2, 2011, followed by Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher on September 23, 2011, then the highly-anticipated Immortals on November 11, 2011, starring Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans and Kellan Lutz with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke. The studio is in production on its Untitled Snow White Project (in theatres March 16, 2012), starring Lily Collins as Snow White, Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen, Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen. Relativity’s expansive 2012 slate also includes Haywire (in theatres January 20, 2012), Act of Valor (in theatres February 17, 2012), The Raven (in theatres March 9, 2012), Untitled Farrelly/Wessler Project (in theatres April 13, 2012), House at the End of the Street (in theatres April 20, 2012), Safe Haven (in theatres June 1, 2012) and Hunter Killer (in theatres December 21, 2012).

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  • Hiro the Eighth Samurai

    Please, don’t screw this up.

    • LiamH

      Don’t worry…Michael Bay to the rescue.

      • Hiro the Eighth Samurai

        Oh god, help us! You mentioned the M. B. word(s). I was going to say, anyone but him, but I didn’t even want to put that out there.

        I already know they’re going to screw it up. They’re going to use Transformers as their template because it made so much money. A live-action Voltron made by Hollywood is going to mindless, shallow, and dumb. It’s going to have the eye-candy female lead, the nerdy male protagonist, stupid humor, a terrible script and awful directing. And, of course, the CGI will be where 95 percent of the budget goes. And we won’t care for the characters, and people will go see it just to see battling robots.

      • LiamH

        I dread another “Michael Bay Transformers” franchise as much as you do, but this was inevitable. The trilogy made too much money for them to not go that route.

      • Hiro the Eighth Samurai

        Obviously, they’re going to do what they’re going to do, but if I could only have but one request, it would be: Can you just not make it so bottom-of-the-barrel-scrapingly dumb?

        Dumb but fun movies (and I’ll admit, even the bombastic, mind-numbing garbage that is Michael Bay’s Transformers trilogy) do have their place (I even like some of them), but can they at least make Voltron a bit smarter, much more closer to the middle than to the low end?

        The worst thing that would happen is if they’re just remaking Transformers, note for note, but with five Lion robots instead of Autobots and Decepticons. No need for dark and gritty, but at least they could make it like the first couple Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, with a nice blend of drama, comedy and action.

        Voltron is as much about the five human pilots as it is about the robot. It’s even arguably more about the humans.

    • museken

      I heard Cameron and Bay might be doing it. Voltron is the Climax of the true (G-force) series(Battle of The Planets)n anime, not a bunch of rats running around. When I saw gforce the movie and saw the rats I almost fell out of my chair what a lie and the thief who stole the name. Voltron is above all them, the best. They came before the Transformers which i did like. I always thought Voltron was the original. The Matrix was a introduction to anime movies…. Voltron movie should be the Beatles.

  • Ace

    Agreed, go get Peter Cullen to be the narrator like the original show, not the awful NickToons version

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  • ozzie

    this is going to hellusuck.

  • Dawson

    I hope Michael Bay does direct it -just cause you haters are so annoying.
    I hope he makes the lions into supermodels, who combine to form Rosie Huntington- Whitley and he calls her Voltron.
    And I hope it’s in 3D because you guys love it so much!

    • Hiro the Eighth Samurai

      Splendid idea, Dawson Creek! That’s make a gazillion dollars because lovers like you love it!
      Special note to Dawson: “Hater” is a virtually meaningless term used by juvenile-minded people. Before you know it, you’ll be on the Rebecca Black bandwagon, lashing out at all the “haters” who want to take a good girl (and singer) like her down.

    • dicadon

      What u call haters, I call true to the heart die hard fans of the franchise. I’ve had enough of that bubblegum, Hollywood movie making that ruined our other childhood faves. NO MICHAEL BAY, PLEASE!

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  • zootcatchy

    this is not a good idea…

  • michael wilde

    Please, don’t screw this up.(2)

    • Hiro the Eighth Samurai

      A third thumbs up, right back at ya. :)

  • sense 11

    As long as Michael Bay isn’t involved, ill watch it. I was 5 when this was popular so i had everything Voltron, its a very cool concept for a movie. Don’t Fuck It Up Please

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  • Jaycee

    Oh please don’t mess this up. I’m begging you!

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  • DicaDon

    Please don’t fuck this up like they fucked up Transformers!

  • Willatron

    I have a strong felling that this will be a cool movie but not a great movie if you know what I mean! The Transformers movies were bad but I liked two of the three of them! This movie will probably be in the so-so area for film critics but fans might like it! Oh, and I don’t think Voltron is attacking the Statue Of Liberty, I think she is only there to show how big Voltron really is in the movie!But that is just my opinion! I would love to see this movie!

  • Julius

    You know I am rather torn on whether I would want to see Voltron turned into a Live Action movie. Mainly because the live action movies of Guyver, did not do the actual series justice. The first movie was absolute crap and a career killer for Mark Hamill which in my opinion, his career was already dying leading up to the Guyver, it did not followthe original series at all. The second movie for Guyver, the one I actually like, did more justice for the series but not much. My second biggest reason why I wouldnt want to see Voltron into a live action, are those knock off Power Rangers. Yes Voltron has the potential to be as good or better then Transformers, but it also has potential to be as crappy as those god awful Power Rangers. I mean I cringe in disgust whenever I see power ranger previews during the series Voltron Force, which should be against the law by the way, cause I know Voltron could be as bad as that show.

  • sam

    There’s an awesome video on youtube called voltron: the end which shows what a live action movie could *really* be like

  • Javi

    I say let Ronald D. Moore write and direct it. And it will definitely kick ass. Battlestar Galactica anyone?

  • Anthony Permal

    They won’t screw it up in terms of the story, Hiro.

    Remember, this is being written by the writer of Sahara, which was a pretty good intellectually teasing adventure flick, not like the stupid 4th edition of Indiana Jones.

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