Voltron Movie Still On The Way

Published 7 years ago by , Updated July 7th, 2014 at 10:04 am,

voltron Voltron Movie Still On The Way

20th Century Fox recently axed its live-action adaptation of 80′s cartoon classic, Voltron: Defender Of The Universe, leaving many fans of the series worried that they’d never see their favorite lion-bodied robot hit the silver screen. Well, you can chillax Voltron fanboys: your holy grail of 80′s cartoons isn’t quite DOA yet.

Film O Filia reports that Voltron is being eyed by financing and production venture Relativity Media (owned by super-producer Ryan Kavanaugh), which is currently in negotiations for rights to the film. Relativity plans to green-light Voltron under a more modest budget, using the same green-screen tech employed by director Zack Snyder to make his sword and sandals epic 300 look so cool.

Mark Gordon (The Day After Tomorrow) and Jordan Wynn are producing Voltron, and a script has been written by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li). A director has yet to be announced.

And now, a few plot details:

“Marks’ take is described as a post-apocalyptic tale set in New York City and Mexico, where five survivors of an alien attack band together and end up piloting the five lion-shaped robots that combine and form the massive sword-wielding Voltron that helps battle Earth’s invaders.”

Pretty much the Voltron we all know and love.

Are you psyched that new life is being breathed into Voltron: Defender Of The Universe? Or did you get your fill of CGI robots when you saw Transformers? Let us know what you think.

Source: Film O Filia

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  1. This is NOT good news. This movie is straying too far from the elements that made Voltron what it was. They either need to fix the script, or let the project die.

  2. Hopefully they wont make the Lions look like Bionicles too. =[

  3. While I agree with you on that point, Wade, I can’t say that’s the biggest problem this movie has at the moment. That dishonor lies with the script.

  4. I think you’re all looking at this the wrong way. This is the creation of Voltron, which means they can place any team in there to pilot them. If you watched the old cartoons, in the first cartoon the five pilots were dispatched to loacte where Voltron went down. It had already been piloted by another team. They were just sent to locate what happened to it and get it back up and running. There was another team before Keith’s. Starting at the beginning is a good start.

  5. Essex, I had not thought of that. I like that idea.

  6. Essex, that might be a valid approach, but that’s not what they’re doing. They’re using, nominally anyway, the same characters from the original series. That would make for an incredible coincidence if you had two teams of pilots with the same names.

    In addition, the idea was that Voltron was a legend, not truly confirmed until they found him. If Voltron had been on Earth, and not Arus, there would have been records confirming its existence.

    This movie is poorly written, and it is not faithful to the source material. Regardless of what you’ve heard about it, this script, as it currently stands, does not come across the way you’re trying to look at it.

  7. And Haggar needs to magically seperate the mighty GoLion (oops) into 5 lionbots. Sven needs to survive instead of die a horrible death (GoLion). And it must all happen on and around Arus and planet Doom. No Earth unless they have asides to Galaxy Garrison. Maybe show Dairugger XV (oops Voltron I) and Albegas (er Voltron II) for geekness in vid screen monitors.

    Just an idea…..

    But first I’d rather see an actual Kidou Senshi Gundam 0079 movie, not G Saviour like but actually faithful to the anime, manga and Bandai kits. The video game CG cut scenes are always so awesome, they can do that in a live action movie.

    And please don’t let anyone else but the Japanese produce that Gundam film.

  8. I’m a big fan of classic anime, especially all the original robotech (all 3 wars), but even as a kid Voltron was dorky to me…sorry fanboys

  9. hey VIC ! !!!!
    any news ?
    or did they scrap voltron from the big screen ?

  10. Sorry Frank, there’s been no news on this at all AFAIK.


  11. Voltron: Defender of the Universe to have it’s very own live action movie awesome!!!! long live the 1980′s dude long live.

  12. I think Voltron is long overdue. However, in fear of looking too much like Transformers, I think it would look good as an animated film. Animated as in Final Fantasy animated. And I agree with most that the script should not stray at all from the cartoon. Speaking of long overdue films, anyone heard of a ThunderCats movie? I’d like to see one out before I die. ;)

  13. Yeah I would like to see that too “The Thunder Cats” to have their very own Live Action Movie I’ve been wishing for that until by now.

  14. I agree. It needs to adhere to the old cartoons. Otherwise, it isn’t Voltron, but something else. The way the old cartoons played out, is what made Voltron different from anything else, and what made it stand up as a lasting property, against competitors like Robotech, TF’s, GoBots, etc.

    However, I would change one thing. And one thing only. Something that always bugged me to no end… The mismatch of the uniforms.

    It was never truly clear at any point in the old cartoons, why Keith wore the Red but piloted the Black, Lance wore the Blue but piloted the Red, and Sven wore the Black but piloted the Blue. Only Pidge and Hunk wore the correct matching colors.

    Is it just me? or did this ever bother anyone else?

    I wanted to believe that the original intention was for Sven to lead the team in the Black Lion, with Lance in the Blue Lion, and Keith in the Red Lion. But maybe at the last minute, and after already choosing and sizing their uniforms, Sven cracked under the pressure to lead, taking a lesser role in the Blue Lion.

    This theory would make sense, except for 2 problems: 1) Why wouldn’t they eventually correct the uniform mismatch after an episode or two, to reflect the new positions, instead of carrying on this mismatch throughout the entire series? and 2) There was never anything to support or contradict this theory either way (to my knowledge).

    In a live-action film, I wouldn’t make this mistake… and to avoid–or downplay at least–the issue of what uniform color for what person, I would just have them wear standard issue dark gray or black pilot suits, with the only distinguishable colors being in the activation key… and maybe the helmets.

    That would certainly avoid any fuss about color assignment… and besides, you wouldn’t want them to be wearing the old cartoon uniforms anyway. They would get so dirty very quickly. Remember all that white? Can you imagine trying to KEEP all that white… white? And if you tried to clean them, the color could most likely bleed into the white. It just isn’t realistic or practical. Ask anyone who has worn a uniform. Reality comes first if you want a realistic movie.

    I’m sure Marvel realized the same thing when planning the first X-Men movie (“What did you expect? Yellow spandex?”).

    What do you all think?