‘Voltron’ Movie Concept Art & Screenwriter Info

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 10th, 2013 at 3:31 am,

In July we got word that despite reports to the contrary, a Voltron movie is still in development over at Atlas Entertainment. Today we have the first evidence of what that movie – now being referred to as Voltron: Defender of the Universe – may look like, in the form of concept art that was secured exclusively by Joblo.

Back when we were hearing that the Voltron movie was still alive and kicking, we also got word that Atlas was close to snagging some screenwriters to bring the story to fruition. Now we also have word on just who those screenwriters are.

Screenwriting duo Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer are the two scribes being floated as the Voltron movie writers. The duo wrote the screenplay for the action/adventure flick Sahara, the script for Marcus Nispel’s upcoming remake of Conan, and are even working on the movie adaptations of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Marvel’s Doctor Strange. It would seem these two young men are on a fast rise through the Hollywood screenwriting ranks…

But on to the main event: the concept art for Voltron: Defender of the Universe. As you’ll see below, the art has an aesthetic that was no doubt at least partly inspired by Michael Bay’s Transfomers franchise (for better or worse). That said, for a story about a giant robot built from robot lions, who battles evil giant “Robeasts,” I think you’ll agree that this concept art looks pretty darn cool.

We’ve posted smaller shots of the concept art below – click either one to see a full-size HD version of the artwork:



Like I said above, for a movie with subject matter as strange as Voltron‘s, this concept art looks pretty good. I’m still undecided on what the best format would be for a film like this (should it be live-action or CGI animated?), but I can tell you one thing: I’d bet my hat (and it’s a nice hat) that we’ll be experiencing it in 3D.

Now that there are writers working on a script and concept art that is sure to generate a buzz around these Interwebs, I suspect it won’t be long before a studio and/or third-party financial backer comes knocking on Atlas Entertainment’s door. We’ll keep you posted on what develops.

Voltron: Defender of the Universe is aiming for release in 2013. Keep up to date on the film’s development by following us on Twitter: @screenrant

Source: Joblo

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  1. I love the design of Voltron.

  2. That red lion isn’t a team player.

  3. Sweet! I was a huge voltron fan as a kid, #2 next to g1 transformers. I can’t wait for this

  4. Noooo.
    Why does every movie robot have to be an overdesigned, overly complicated mess?
    How does making something look as structurally sound as a tinfoil house make it more “Realistic”?
    Look at ANY piece of military technology. It looks solid. Sturdy.
    And WHY does it need to be “Realistic” at ALL?

    • I expect this to be for kids.


    • xigbar
      umm, why would we look at military hardware as an example (because it is solid and sturdy), then ask “why does it need to be realistic at all?”

      solid / sturdy = realistic
      you argue it doesn’t need to be realistic, then what’s wrong with the unrealistic non-sturdy design?

  5. I don’t really dig the look of this Voltron. It seems ripped off of Transformers. Regardless, I’ll be seeing it. I still have a Voltron pillowcase. Just wish I wouldn’t have played with my figures so hard.

  6. Looks good to me.
    Can’t wait.

    As one person who does enjoy the Transformers movies, I hope it is Live-Action!

    • I hope the new Voltron movie is live action too been looking forward to seeing this for some time. How come not much info has not been forthcoming as of yet? I found more stuff about other movies than this why the wait?! I also hope they don’t dumb down the concept for children as they do with most movies these days based on anime I hate when they do that! Perhaps because I’m an adult I’ve become single minded in that regard, but please no kid stuff comedy crap!

  7. I don’t dig the look either, doesn’t really look like Voltron to me. It also Looks too thin. :(

  8. I don’t like this. It doesn’t look like Voltron.
    It looks like a new-age homeotherapy candle carved
    into a statue with an amputated arm. :(

  9. Could we get something a little closer to the original that looks like garbage to me.

  10. Seriously, Im disturbed over this as I am superobsessed with Voltron. What a damn disgrace. Looks like mechanized vomit and the lions look like skinned cats.

  11. All see are a bunch of crying babies, it’s just a CONCEPT ART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bunch of idiots!

    • Gotta agree, people get too protective of franchises.

      • Agreed.

  12. Everyone has to remember that this is for kids. When the majority of us watched “Vultron” and “Transformers”, we we close to the age of six. It will most likely be a kiddies movie. Similar to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, so don’t expect the adult you to relate to this version. I felt the same way with the new “Star Wars” and “Transformers”. It is all about bringing a new generation into the franchise, so they can sell books, movies, and toys.

    Keep your expectations low.

    • Screw them kids. >:[
      Voltron is VOLTRON. Kids or no. Respect the original concept and do BETTER.

  13. Back in June, producer Ted Koplar seemed a bit confused. On the first day, reports came out that plans for a Voltron movie were scrapped in favor of a television show and a new toy line.

  14. This is cool, I can see the Voltron of my childhood in that design & I hope that regardless of how high the budget will rise that this continues to move forward.

  15. I guess no one noticed NEW YORK in the photo Voltron is supposed to be on another planet in the future! I think the design looks pretty good but am really up set about it being earth based

    • I think the original script review from a couple years ago said it was placed in on Earth in the future (contrary to the old cartoon)

      who cares? Earth, not Earth, not really the point of the story anyway. Unless they try to make the point “this could be Earth’s future unless we don’t start recycling,” I don’t care if it’s on Earth or not

    • I noticed the Statue of Liberty. I’m thinking it is just for reference to give us an idea of how big Voltron is supposed to be.

  16. I guess having the color Red means lone ranger and f the team. Red Lion taking a page from Raphael…

  17. look terrible. Reminds me of Bayformers.

  18. ahhh Voltron, the original combiner (in America anyway)

  19. why are they fighting the monster from cloverfield? just wondering

  20. Its not supposed to be on earth, that’s the big deal

    • my point is that it’s not a big deal. it’s set in the future, the planet (Earth, not Earth) makes absolutely no difference

  21. C–O–N–C–E–P–T ART. I’m a huge Voltron fan and I want to see this and hopefully Robotech hit the big screen and hit it right. I don’t want some hacks interpretation of what they think Voltron should be and if you didn’t watch it as a kid I don’t think you qualify to work on a Voltron movie. As an adult I don’t think you can lock yourself in a room with the DVD collection, come out three days later and then call yourself a fan. Just hoping and preying it’s done right! I also know a few pretty ugly girls that would make a perfect Haggar!!!

    • Can you imagine if this trend continues? the jets will look like the Turkey Starscream when they transform to Valkyrie mode, but more skeletal with useless kibble hanging off of them.

  22. OH HELL NO. He looks like a massive megtron/MegaBay-Tron… why cant he look like he originally did? or at least minus the intricate parts? and just make him look solid like he used to?

    Hollywood always seems to copy someone elses ideas. Voltorn was like the transformrs back in the day but was unique. Here he just looks like a rip off of something else.

    That red thing thats supposed to be a lion looks more like a persian cat than something as mighty as a lion.

    hopefully this is nothing more than rejected concept art.

  23. I feel completely noxious. The bionicle Voltron in the pic with the Statue of Liberty (on earth?) looks like a rotting zombie.
    If this is a joke, it’s not funny, and someone needs to say “April Fools” now.

  24. The Galaxy Alliance sent them to Arus. In GoLion the initial scenes toook place on Earth in the Year 1999 after the mission on Arus is complete and after every human is killed because of a Nuclear War.

  25. I have about 25 or 30 old and Rare Vaudeville Black entertainers original Photographs, of Black History in the 20s Just one look and the picture speek a thousand words one and a life time Opportunity I want to sell for Ten Thousand Dollar’s. for all.
    If you interested I will send some copys.

    PS some of the Black photographs are thaken by noted photographers

  26. Too similar to Bay’s Transformers. They should think along the lines of the weaponry in District 9 instead of millions of chrome scrap like pieces like T-formers. Hope you guys understand what I mean.

  27. It looks good. But it would look much better if I haven’t seen Transformers already ;)
    Honestly speaking, I’m sick and tired of all these fights with sights like Statue of Liberty on the background. IMHO, all the events should take place on Arus, not Earth, as it used to be.