Comic-Con 2011: ‘Voltron’ to become live-action movie

July 21, 2011 | 10:45 p.m.

There doesn’t seem to be a more appropriate time to announce a “Voltron” live-action movie than Comic-Con 2011. The 1980s cult-classic television show still maintains a presence at the annual showcase of all things geek, even though the original series, based on two Japanese cartoons, only ran for two years on U.S. television. As such, Relativity Media, the studio behind the film adaptation, chose the event to alert the press to its plans.

In the show, “Voltron: Defender of the Universe,” 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.”

In collaboration with Atlas Entertainment, the studio will adapt a live-action film based on the show. It optioned the rights from World Event Productions.

In recent years “Voltron” DVDs, appeal and consumer product sales have been rather brisk. The property’s popularity spawned a new animated television series this June on Nicktoons called “Voltron Force.” There was a Voltron panel Thursday at the convention.

Thomas Dean Donnelly (“Conan the Barbarian”) and Joshua Oppenheimer (“Sahara”) are writing the script.

–Nicole Sperling


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3 Responses to Comic-Con 2011: ‘Voltron’ to become live-action movie

  1. Christopher says:

    Oh my god, oh my god, I am seriously at risk of passing out. My childhood heros on teh big scren? They had better do a FANTASTIC job or I'll . . . . . . I'm not sure what, but it'll be severe. lol.

    I never do this, not even with the LoTR movies, but I will be the first in line.

  2. jean says:

    Whoa! Can't wait for the live-action! I hope that they would make it really good. :)

  3. Anymo says:

    Probably going to be all morose, over CGI'd with no colorful action and completely redesigned Voltron. You'll see, it will be visually stimulating, but in that same tired overly dark, kind of ridiculous, forced "cool that Hollywood geeks do.

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