SDCC'11: Live Action Voltron Movie In Development

Fed up with Michael Bay's Transformers? Voltron just might be bringing the lions together on a big screen near you. Read the official Press Release for the Live Action Voltron Movie.

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By Mark Julian - 7/21/2011
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(Beverly Hills, CA) July 21, 2011 – Relativity Media’s President of Worldwide Production Tucker Tooley announced today the studio has optioned the feature film rights for Voltron™ from World Event Productions, and will adapt the live-action big screen version from the 1984 cult-classic animated series Voltron: Defender of the Universe™. The project was brought to Relativity through their deal with Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, whose company will shepherd the project…

In Voltron™, an elite battle force defends the fate of mankind in the spectacular action adventure. Five young warriors are responsible for the future of the galaxy when they become pilots of a battalion of ultra-high-tech Robot Lions, powerful vessels with the ability to join together to form a fearsome mega-weapon known as “Voltron”.

The original series, based on the Japanese anime properties Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV, aired in the United States for two years and has been described as an “international pop-culture hit” that has garnered a large following over the last 25 years. In recent years, the Voltron™ property has sold over 300,000 DVDs, established numerous apparel and consumer product deals and has spawned a highly-successful TV series, Voltron Force™, which became Nicktoon’s highest-rated debut ever on June 16, 2011. Voltron™ will be making its first-ever panel debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Thursday, July 21 where they will feature a presentation of all-new and classic Voltron™ content.

The live-action film will be produced by Atlas Entertainment’s Roven (The Dark Knight) and Richard Suckle (The International), along with Kickstart Entertainment’s Jason Netter (Wanted). World Events Productions’ Ted Koplar (Voltron Force) will executive produce. The script is being penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly (Conan the Barbarian) and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara).

Tooley said, “For nearly three decades, Voltron™ has captured the minds of a nostalgically loyal and rabid fan base and has long been considered a hotly-pursued project. We are beyond excited World Event Productions and Atlas Entertainment have placed their trust and faith in Relativity to bring this coveted property to the big screen, and usher in a new generation of devoted fans.” Tooley added, “With Chuck and Richard’s experience producing tentpoles, they are the perfect producers to bring this potential franchise to theaters.”

Roven, co-founder, Atlas Entertainment said, “It’s incredibly gratifying to officially announce the development of the live-action Voltron™ movie this week, given its recent resurgence and the start of Comic-Con.”

Suckle, producer, Atlas Entertainment added, “I know there’s been a lot of rumors and speculation about this movie, so it’s great to finally confirm to all the Voltron™ fans everywhere that we’re coming for them.”

World Events Productions was represented in the deal by UTA.

Looking ahead, Relativity will release David Ellis’ Shark Night 3D on September 2, 2011, followed by Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher on September 23, 2011, then the highly-anticipated Immortals on November 11, 2011, starring Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans and Kellan Lutz with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke. The studio is in production on its Untitled Snow White Project (in theatres March 16, 2012), starring Lily Collins as Snow White, Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen, Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen. Relativity’s expansive 2012 slate also includes Haywire (in theatres January 20, 2012), Act of Valor (in theatres February 17, 2012), The Raven (in theatres March 9, 2012), Untitled Farrelly/Wessler Project (in theatres April 13, 2012), House at the End of the Street (in theatres April 20, 2012), Safe Haven (in theatres June 1, 2012) and Hunter Killer (in theatres December 21, 2012).

ABOUT RELATIVITY MEDIA

Relativity Media is a next-generation studio engaged in multiple aspects of entertainment including full-scale film and television production and distribution, the co-financing of major studio film slates, music publishing, sports management, and digital media. Additionally, the company makes strategic partnerships with, and investments in, media and entertainment-related companies and assets.

To date, Relativity has committed to, produced and/or financed more than 200 motion pictures. Released films have accumulated more than $15 billion in worldwide box office receipts. Relativity’s recent films include: Bridesmaids, Hop, Limitless, Battle: Los Angeles, Season of The Witch, Little Fockers, The Fighter, The Social Network, Salt, Despicable Me, Grown Ups, Dear John, It’s Complicated, Couples Retreat, and Zombieland. Upcoming films for Relativity include: Shark Night 3D, Machine Gun Preacher, Immortals, Anonymous, and Cowboys & Aliens. Thirty-six of the company’s films have opened to No. 1 at the box office. Relativity films have earned 60 Oscar® nominations, including nods for The Fighter, The Social Network, The Wolfman, Nine, A Serious Man, Frost/Nixon, Atonement, American Gangster and 3:10 to Yuma. Fifty-eight of Relativity’s films have each generated more than $100 million in worldwide box-office receipts.

Relativity also owns and operates Rogue Pictures, a company that specializes in films targeted to the 13-25 year old audience, and RogueLife, Relativity’s digital studio which is developing original content for the Web, and creating sustainable online platforms and communities. RelativityREAL, Relativity’s television arm, has 67 projects in production, including 17 original series that are currently airing or will air in the upcoming television season including Police Women for TLC, Coming Home for Lifetime, and The Great Food Truck Race for Food Network.

ABOUT ATLAS ENTERTAINMENT

Atlas Entertainment, led by co-founder Charles Roven, is built on a stellar reputation of creative collaboration, innovation and fiscal responsibility. With an expertise in producing tentpole films, such as The Dark Knight and Get Smart, as well as critically acclaimed independent features such as The Bank Job, Atlas Entertainment’s films have generated billions at the box office. Roven is currently reteaming with Christopher Nolan serving as a producer on the highly anticipated Batman sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, set for release in July of 2012, and is also a producer on Man of Steel, the Superman reboot film directed by Zack Snyder. Additional film credits include, Batman Begins, which grossed over $370-million worldwide, The International, Idlewood, The Brother’s Grimm, Three Kings, the $275-million-plus worldwide box office hit Scooby-Doo, and its sequel Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Fallen, Oscar®-nominated Twelve Monkeys, and the $200 million grossing fantasy romance City of Angels.

ABOUT WORLD EVENTS PRODUCTIONS

St. Louis-based World Events Productions, Ltd. (WEP) has produced and distributed children’s animation for over 25 years. WEP is the IP holder for shows including: Voltron, Defender the of the Universe, Voltron: The Third Dimension, Denver the Last Dinosaur, Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs and Vytor the Starfire Champion, among others. WEP is a Koplar Communications company. WEP is represented by United Talent Agency. For more information visit www.wep.com and http://www.voltron.com.



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Anthrax - 7/21/2011, 7:05 PM
please dont rape my childhood.
Spidey91 - 7/21/2011, 7:08 PM
as long the director is not Michael Bay :P
FORM BLAZING SWORD!
Ethic - 7/21/2011, 7:09 PM
Why? Just whyyy?
Gamester76 - 7/21/2011, 7:17 PM
Not really familiar w/ Voltron other than a few scattered childhood memories, but im excited for this. Even though Dark of the Moon was cool, no more Transformers movies. Please, dear God, stop beating that horse with the stick because smoke is rising from its corpse.
JatevinM - 7/21/2011, 7:17 PM
I don't want this movie made. I mean I would much rather have Thundercats.
InSpace - 7/21/2011, 7:20 PM
heck anything would be better than that piece of crap Nicktoons show
DEATHbyEXILE - 7/21/2011, 7:29 PM
Highball - 7/21/2011, 7:32 PM
Now I loved this as a kid... but I honestly can't see this working as a live-action that takes itself seriously.
A cg movie like the Gatchaman or TMNT might've been interesting but live action?! Then again I'm not a visionary director... but this will be made for kids in mind... so I expect something kinda cheesy and stupid like one of those disney hamster movies.
SugarYumYum - 7/21/2011, 7:38 PM
LOL nice use of that Robot Chicken clip. XD

This can very easily go the way of Thunderbirds but as with most movies, the right budget, right director, and cast will be key to it's success so good luck to them.

I'd personally rather see a new Power Rangers movie tbph though, lol.

Bandrews1 - 7/21/2011, 7:42 PM
Lets hope they don't [frick] it up.
revloveR - 7/21/2011, 7:53 PM
still? wtf?

http://www.joblo.com/newsimages1/voltronexcl3-big.jpg
AlSimmons - 7/21/2011, 8:01 PM
And I'll make the head!
nuck82 - 7/21/2011, 8:02 PM
agreed @ Anthrax
DCdomination666 - 7/21/2011, 8:05 PM
a voltron movie is for those who like power rangers and also hate michael bay's transformers. ( even though the only transformers movie i like dark of the moon)
Anthrax - 7/21/2011, 8:08 PM
@nuck its balloon knot
Anthrax - 7/21/2011, 8:08 PM
this is going to be a watered down version of transformers>:^(
stumbleMaster57 - 7/21/2011, 8:09 PM
This wont happen
RedNTheHood - 7/21/2011, 8:19 PM
i think tey'll make something not too innapropiate for kids but enjoyable for people in their thirties can enjoy them. They should at least draw in the fans that kept this alive so long, and since voltron force is on alot of kids will be begging their parentzs to see the movie.
Kishin - 7/21/2011, 8:19 PM
Geez, dude! Please DON'T put big ass looping animated GIFs in your posts! I was unable to read it, and had to copy the text and paste into a text document. My eyes still hurt.
LiTeThUnDeR - 7/21/2011, 8:22 PM
Hollywood is gonna ruin Voltron
Action - 7/21/2011, 8:23 PM
@stumbleMaster57- I agree and it should not happen. I don't know how they can pull something like Voltron off as an enjoyable live action movie.
CaptainDC - 7/21/2011, 8:45 PM
I'd rather have Power Rangers over this crap, any day!!!
sideshow06 - 7/21/2011, 8:49 PM
THIS gets the live-action treatment green light, but still no one will touch Robotech (which could actually have potential). Whatever. This will suck like Thunderbirds.
Greengo - 7/21/2011, 9:00 PM
Power Rangers has always been a gay live-action rip-off of Voltron. I don't know why you people are so pessimistic about it. And what's with the knee-jerk comparison to Tranformers? Although I do hop they use cgi instead of a guy in a costume like Poopoo Rangers or Godzilla. Fallu

VOLTRON FTW!!!
Greengo - 7/21/2011, 9:01 PM
*hope
SugarYumYum - 7/21/2011, 9:28 PM
Greengo: Ummmm, the Power Rangers are based off the long running Super Sentai series which is about ten years older than the original Voltron anime. Try again.

Transformers comparisons are bound to happen especially with young people who don't know any better but hey, if the superhero film can become it's own genre, why not films that feature mecha and giant robots? Transformers could use some healthy competition. :-P
BigK1337 - 7/21/2011, 10:01 PM
@everybody
Really? Please don't tell me you all were surprised that this was going to happen.

I mean, it was obvious that a Voltron movie was going to be made. Hell, years back I heard a Voltron movie was in development.

Either way, I like to see how this plays out.
PterPrkr20X6 - 7/21/2011, 11:26 PM
Im gona go out on a limb and predict that this movie might not be the best...
SantiLu - 7/22/2011, 3:57 AM
I look at it this way, if they can do Power Rangers live then they can do this. Yes there would hopefully be better actors and minus group poses, but I think they can pull it off, they just need to find a really good director...I say J.J. Abrams. And come on people most of you who commented on this probably loved the first 3 seasons of the Power Rangers...you had the costumes, toys, bed sheets, the first movie, etc. Come on keep it real now...come on Greengo lol
Thelastdalek - 7/22/2011, 4:06 AM
We have are Voltrons and our Transformers but weres Gundam dam it.
Number1Wolverine - 7/22/2011, 6:34 AM
@Thelastdalek - I'm with you on that , i would kill to see a Gundam movie.

And now that Transformers is downhill, Voltron is up.
mok - 7/22/2011, 6:48 AM
Voltron is more similar with Voltes Five. Why don't they have a live action adaptation of that instead?
Let's Volt In!!!!
Greengo - 7/22/2011, 6:52 AM
@SugarYumYum: Whatever. Allz I know is Voltron came 1st in the States. Dam you
Rubbers - 7/22/2011, 7:25 AM
Why does the awesomeness known as 'Voltron Defender of the Motha Effin Universe' get criticized for being a Power Rangers ripoff? The Mighty Voltron was bending foos over and giving it to them doggie style with when the Pink Power Ranger was barely learning proper bobbing techniques. And I not talking about the japanese version here. The US version was a cheap pos immatation that came after. Funk The Poser Gayngers!
Greengo - 7/22/2011, 8:03 AM
@Rubbers: I criticized Power Rangers for rippin of VOLTRON but SugarTits said I was wrong.
Thelastdalek - 7/22/2011, 9:15 AM
@Rubbers

Im more but hurt over the fact that when Mazinger Z was shown in america it was called a Voltron rip off even though Mazinger kick started the hole [frick]ing super robot genre a decade before Voltron came to be.

I like Voltron but I lets be honest it's realy just a generic super robot show that was lucky enough to be the first one dubbed.
Mixbreed - 7/22/2011, 10:30 AM
this movie will FAIL.....
first Dragonball now this......
It's pretty much over now.

They'd do better with Thundercats....
Mixbreed - 7/22/2011, 10:30 AM
Hell now that i think about it, they'd do better with Silverhawks...
moviejunkie74 - 7/22/2011, 6:57 PM
i say do 'em all!!! thundercats,voltron,masters of the universe,M.A.S.K,jayce and the wheeled warriors,starblazers,go-bots,space ghost and of course the smurfs. with all the sheet coming out of hollywood they gotta hit with something.
SecretApprentice71 - 7/24/2011, 10:02 PM
The show stinks so...all my hope is on this live action version. Lets pray it doesn't crap out like
live action adaptions tend to do.
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