Voltron Movie Update; New Animated Series In Development

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Our friend “Thurston McQ” from Corona Coming Attractions sent us a friendly heads up regarding the status of Voltron, the iconic 80s cartoon about five people who pilot lion-shaped spaceships, which also happen to transform into a giant, sword-wielding robot.

The news is apparently good for animation fans – but not so good for movie lovers. Read on to find out more.

For a few years now there’s been some rumbling of a Voltron movie in the works.  About a year back, we reported that United Talent Agency had signed on to represent Voltron creators World Event Productions in developing a live-action Voltron movie alongside producer Charles Roven’s (The Dark Knight) Atlas Entertainment brand.

Well, McQ from CCA was granted exclusive access to WEP’s offices recently, where he took the opportunity to geek out about everything Voltron while speaking with WEP’s managing director Tiffany Ilardi, and creative director Jeremy Corray. The topics discussed were the Voltron movie (naturally) and a new animated series that is reportedly coming to NickToons.

The new animated series was also recently announced via fansite Voltron.com, and here are the early details that McQ reported on:The lions are sleek, and are recognizably Voltron.

• The lions are sleek, and are recognizably Voltron.

• There’s an expanded, interracial team.

• All five post-Sven pilots are there (with a probable Sven cameo).

• The show’s major villains will be returning.

• Character design is vaguely reminiscent of (though not in a way I would say apes) Timm-verse DC.

• The cartoon’s working title is now Voltron Force (not Voltron Panthera Force).

• There’s an all-new voice cast.

McQ also discusses his first impressions of the new lion ship designs, but for that juicy tidbit you’ll have to visit Corona Coming Attractions.

As for the movie: We last reported that Atlas Entertainment was on the hunt for a new writer for the Voltron movie. A script had previously been written by Justin Marks (Legend of Chun-Li), which featured a story about Earth being attacked by alien invaders and five young pilots being selected to fly the iconic lion ships and serve as Earth’s protectors. TV screenwriter Jeff Davis (Criminal Minds) was later brought in to tweak Marks’ script, and director Max Makowski (Taboo) was rumored to be helming the project.

Well, according to McQ, all of that history is now just that (history) and the the Voltron movie is back at the “reboot” stage – i.e., nothing definite is set.

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The Original Lionship Pilots

Some points of interest reported by McQ:

• Neither the Justin Marks script nor the more recent Jeff Davis rewrite will be the shooting script; the production is officially in “reboot mode.”

• Max Makowski is no longer attached to direct.

• Despite longstanding legal rumors and online rumblings, the Voltron property belongs solely to WEP.

• WEP is working closely with Atlas Entertainment on the movie’s direction.

• No actors are currently attached.

• The likelihood of young children confusing Voltron with Transformers and/or Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers is something being addressed; it is WEP’s intention that Voltron be distinctive enough to stand out on his own.

Voltron fans, if you want to know all about the video game and possible anime-style feature that are being considered, you really need to check out McQ’s full post over at Corona Coming Attractions.

Of all the topics discussed regarding this Voltron movie, I personally think the one that the filmmakers have to worry about the most is the confusion with Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise and the more recently popular Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Only a special type of moviegoer will have an acute recollection of the original Voltron animated series from the 80s. Hell, it used to be one of my favorite cartoons – I had all the toys (including all five lion ships that formed one huge robot badass) – but even I have to admit that by now I’m fuzzy on the details.

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Poor Voltron...he really is trying to get it together...

From the sound of things, we’ll all have ample time to get our Voltron memories in order; this movie has been in development Limbo for quite some time, and despite the enthusiastic reporting by McQ, hearing that the most recent plans have been scrapped makes me inevitably feel that Limbo is where this movie will remain for now.

We’ll keep you updated on the development of the Voltron movie as we hear news. Here’s hoping the NickToons animated series will be enough to tide you over.

Source: Corona Coming Attractions

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  1. still waiting…i remember the old cartoon series and used to have the whole set of the toys. actually i probably still have them in the attic somewhere. I just hope that if they do live action they dont screw it up. as far as being a animated series i think thats a cool idea to reeducate and gather new followers before the movie comes out, itd be great for marketing.

  2. I agree wth XD particularly in order to expand new fanbase for the kids especially.

    If possible I hope the new animated featured would have some collabaration with our classic Voltron in the 80s so that it will give a bigger imppression of who is Voltron really is instead of rebooting everything.

  3. I love Voltron! I had the lion set and the car set. I liked lion set better. Although in the cartoons they were two very different Voltrons but had very different story arcs, as the cars were more tech based but the lions(also tech) had a lot of mystical stories.That's sort of still good news with the writer Justin Marks probably not being involved anymore cuz “The Legend Of Chun Li” was horrible. It's sad that the Power Rangers copied off of Voltron and got away with it. There is a clearer difference with Transformers and Voltron. Transformers are sentient robots while Voltron is not sentient and is manned by humans. As far as a more interracial cast, I'm very happy about that because Manga and Anime have a SERIOUS problem with this. There is little to no diversity in Manga and Anime which is very sad,biased and weirdly racist as MOST Manga and Anime is done by Japanese artists. Also in most Anime or Manga if there is a black character he will usually be stereotypical or be a really negative caricature exaggerated lips,nose, bulging eyes looking and talking stupid. I'd like to see more ethnic diversity but done with respect. Sounds kind of harsh to say but SOME(not all) of these Manga and Anime artists still think like allies of the Nazis.

  4. I read an earlier draft of the VOLTRON live-action movie, and it wasn't bad. It was a very different take on the characters we all know and love, but it didn't detract from the overall idea of what Voltron is…and it certainly differentiated itself from Transformers and Power Rangers. I know I still get excited when I hear the opening narration from the old cartoon: “From days of long ago, from unchartered regions of the universe, comes a legend, the legend of Voltron, defender of the Universe…” Great stuff!

  5. Yes but is the narrator still alive? When I see those words, my mind remembers the voice saying the words, and that was iconic, like Optimus Prime's voice.

  6. Same voice actor. I think he died recently I have to check on that.

  7. Same voice actor. I think he died recently I have to check on that.

  8. Funny you should mention that…Peter Cullen was the voice of both the Narrator for Voltron AND Optimus Prime…he is indeed alive and well. He was Optimus for the Michael Bay Transformer movies. Look him up on IMDB and you'll see he has participated in every cartoon and 80's show you can think of (i.e. K.A.R.R. in Knight Rider)…of course…I'm exaggerating a bit…but that man gets around…

  9. That's right! forgot his name. Thanks for the info daviedave!

  10. Please, nothing is going to get done as long as these morons at World Events are at the wheel. They always “announce” something then NEVER follow thru, or its a re-write, or it gets “scrapped”, or they “re-boot”. Meanwhile Transformers lapped them 3 times now. Hell they even “announced” Spielberg & his people were attached, then Mark Gordon… then they got sued… I have never seen a gerbil on the wheel run for almost three decades like this.
    What have they been doing there for twenty years other than going to tradeshows & collecting a paycheck from the owner?
    It’s been so long that this won’t be a “re-educate”… it will be an introduction because kids & now their parents too have NO CLUE or care what Voltron is. Who cares if they “stay to the core” What core? Nobody knows what your talking about! Generation prior to that knows Voltron was a rip-off of Battle of the Planets.
    Sounds like a lot a fluff, smoke and mirrors. Bottom line nothing gets done at World Events.

  11. I got several images of the concept of Voltron the movie. If these guys pull it off their bags will be loaded with billions in their 1st week of lauch if not e first week. I am just hoping they will come up with a cast sooner one of them should be a famous or well known actor/ actress. I’m hoping by end of 2011 or start of 2012 they will have an official trailer, cast and release date. I would so love to watch it.

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