The adaptation of Voltron into a live action feature film has come back to haunt us. After the huge commercial (not critical) success of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen I’m not surprised. According to THR, producers Charles Roven (The Dark Knight), Richard Suckle (The International) and Steve Alexander have bought the rights to the Japanese robot-lion property. A live action film version of Voltron has been development for years, but it looks like it has once again become a hot commodity.
Voltron has been in development at New Regency, Relativity Media, and now Atlas Entertainment wants to try their hand at it. Atlas’ Charles Roven acquired the rights from the St. Louis based World Events Prods, who have held on to them for over two decades. Voltron isn’t set up at a studio yet, but Atlas does have an overall film deal with Warner Bros, so it may end up there. Sources are saying that the studio has been looking for a project large enough to rival Transformers over at Paramount.
Is it just me or is it the 1980′s all over again? Didn’t Transformers and Voltron have the same type of rivalry 25 years ago? It looks like this time they’re taking it from the TV, the comics, and toys to the theaters! Ted Loplar, one of the film’s producers said, “unlike other robotic action movies, ‘Voltron’ is the personification of the human spirit, a quality that will set this movie apart.” That sounded like a clear cut Transformers jab, because I know he wasn’t talking about Terminator.
What do you think about Voltron becoming a live action feature competing against Transformers? Do you think the film has a shot?