According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter's Risky Biz Blog, fan-favorite 80's cartoon Voltron will finally go into film production thanks to Atlas Entertainment and producers Charles Roven, Richard Suckle and Steve Alexander. Atlas Entertainment acquired the rights to Voltron from St. Louis-based World Events Productions.
With the incredible success of Transformers and Transformers 2, I was beginning to wonder why Voltron was taking so long to the big screen. As we reported nearly a year ago, 20th Century Fox had the rights to Voltron, but dropped the film. Since that time, a number of production companies have vied for the rights to the feature, with Atlas coming out on top after Relativity Media could not get the project off the ground before their option expired.
The production team from Relativity Media, including Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan) and Jordan Wynn, did a lot of ground work on the project before losing it to Atlas. Relativity's script, which was written by screenwriter Justin Marks, focused on "five survivors of an alien attack [who] 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.” It is unclear at this time whether Atlas Entertainment will use the same premise for their version of Voltron.
It is also unclear who will distribute Voltron. It surely won't be Paramount, who are still raking in mountains of money thanks to Transformers. And it won't be Warner Brothers either, since they also have a 1980's-inspired robot movie in production, Robo-Tech. The most likely candidate for distribution is Sony, who already shares a general contract with Atlas.
What do you think? Are you happy to see that Voltron will (hopefully) see the light of day? I, for one, was a much bigger Voltron fan than Transformers fan growing up, so I'm hoping Atlas can really put something worthwhile together.