Producers Say ‘Voltron’ Movie is Still Alive

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voltron color Producers Say Voltron Movie is Still Alive

A few days ago we reported that plans for the live-action Voltron movie had collapsed and the emphasis was instead being placed on a new animated series.

Speaking to MTV, producers Richard Suckle and Ted Koplar of Atlas Entertainment were quick to deny this and assured fans that the Voltron movie is still in development.  In fact, the duo claim that they’re very close to hiring a new screenwriter:

“We’ve been working over the last several months meeting with various screenwriters, and we’re actually on the cusp of securing an A-level screenwriter who’s going to write the “Voltron” movie. That’s all part of the plan here: reintroducing the brand to the fans who’ve watched over the last 25 years and to a new generation. We are very close to securing a screenwriter who’s going to actually write the feature version — so that’s always been part of the plan.”

They also confirm that once a new screenwriter is onboard, they’ll be scrapping all previous versions of the script – a development that was made clear back in April when it was announced that director Max Makowski (Taboo) was no longer attached to the project and that screenplays by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) and Jeff Davis (Criminal Minds) had been abandoned in favor of rebooting the film.

With that being the case, the producers addressed which direction this latest incarnation of Voltron will take.

“It’s not like we’re doing anything far different from the source material other than to make it a character-driven film. The effects, the 3-D… The eye candy is the easy part. It’s got to be a movie that has really dynamic, interesting characters and a really strong narrative. You know the eye candy is going to be there, because it’s part of the fabric of the original material. So that character-driven element is really what we’re focusing on, and that’s what the writers that we’ve been talking to have been told about what we want and what we’re looking for.”

They hope to have the film ready for a summer 2013 release, but nothing is certain at this point as the project is not set up at any studio. Still, fans should be pleased to learn that all hope is not lost and that plans are still in place to get Voltron on the big screen.

What do you think? Are you relieved to hear a live-action adaptation of Voltron is still moving forward? Does it sound like they’re taking the right approach?

Source: MTV via /Film.

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  1. It sounds promising to have a character driven version of Voltron, but I would not hold my breath. People want to see the mechanical Lions join up and for Voltron to kick butt.

  2. Please, no BayFormer or RATfink movie, please! Character driven sounds good but I do want to see Voltron kick some serious butt.

  3. So what abt the animation Voltron? Is it still on?
    Meantime, I heard rumors that Thundercats live action too is in progress for 2011 release. I’m not sure how true that is. Any heads up?

  4. Hey Vic, what happened to the Voltron movie trailer that was on here? The one where the chick is in the cockpit and then the robot monster thing comes up from underneath the ground? I’ve been trying to find it and i know for a fact that i was on here.

    • Uh, I’m not sure. I just looked in our Voltron archive ( http://screenrant.com/tag/voltron/ )and searched the site and couldn’t find it.

      Vic

    • You’re thinking of Gaiking, not Voltron.

  5. ive been really pessimistic towards voltron being remade. honestly, i dont see how almost any team can make a live action version as dope as the cartoon was. but i’ll definitely give you the benefit of the doubt.

  6. Voltron is like a bad case of acne almost impossible to get rid of…

  7. oh please, if you want a gritty character driven version GO WATCH THE UNCUT ORIGINALS!! I caught them on DVD and they are amazing. anything product will be doo doo, just like PIPE CLEANERS.. oh sorry.. TRANSFORMERS

  8. I’m pleased to hear that they’ve scrapped the Justin Marks script. That thing was horrible. If they steer clear of that wretched thing, there’s a chance this could be good.

  9. I agree. I still hope all the changes will be for the better!

  10. I’m relieved they’re scrapping the old script, since if I’m not mistaken the old script had the movie set on Earth and not Arus. If the powers that be can keep from simply aping the Transformers movies, and give this movie the same heart the old cartoon had, plus plenty of giant robot action, then this could be a great film. And getting Peter Cullen to record an updated version of the classic intro would be icing on the cake.

  11. You – heart – Pidge

    Forget the freaks, you dig the geeks! Brain power makes you hot.

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