Mechas are the next big thing on the big screen, ever since Transformers demolished the box office last year. I sat in on the Robotech panel at Comic-Con and all the major news from the panel was about the upcoming live-action film that Warner Bros. is producing, and the Hollywood heavy-hitters attached to that project, including Tobey Maguire.
I guess the situation has apparently revived the long-in-development Voltron film, according to a report on Variety. Fox-owned studio New Regency has put Voltron: Defender of the Universe into turnaround.
Ryan Kavanaugh, who produced 3:10 to Yuma, The Forbidden Kingdom, 21, as well as the upcoming War of Gods and Executive Order: Six, is in negotiations to fund the project.
Producers are looking at a cost-effective technology similar to what was used in movies like Sin City and 300, and expect to attach a director within the next week. Justin Marks, who recently wrote Warner Bros.’ upcoming bigscreen versions of He-Man and Green Arrow, adapted the screenplay for the potential Voltron film.
Voltron is based on the popular Japanese animated TV series of the 1980s, and is described as a post-apocalyptic tale set in New York City and Mexico, where five survivors of an alien attack band together and pilot five lion-shaped robots that combine and form the massive sword-wielding Voltron that helps battle Earth’s invaders.