“Voltron: Defender of the Universe,” a popular sci-fi animated TV series featuring giant robot lions, is set to get the live-action treatment, with several Hollywood studios showing interest in the project.
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“Voltron”, which worked as a syndicated show in the United States in the 1980s, was a dubbed and heavily edited version of two independent Japanese television series from Toei Animation.
Peter Keefe, the show’s creator and executive producer, purchased the rights to the Japanese anime television series “Beast King GoLion” and “Armored Fleet Dairugger XV” in 1983. By bringing together different parts of these series, Keefe created the American version of “Voltron” with a westernized storyline and storyline.
The show chronicles the adventures of five individuals who become the pilots of a battalion known as the Robot Lions. Pilots’ high-tech starships can combine to create a giant robot known as Voltron.
The adaptation was huge success at launch and has since maintained a massive following among anime fans of the mecha genre.
The bidding war
The “Voltron” movie package, which includes slots and a teaser reel, was reportedly brought to the attention of Hollywood executives about two weeks ago. Director Rawson Marshall Thurber of “Red Notice” fame is attached to the project as director and co-writer.
The project reportedly attracted bids from six or seven studios, including Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures and Amazon Studios. Netflix, which airs both “Red Notice” and the 2016 animated series “Voltron: Legendary Defender,” did not participate in the bidding war.
Thurber will collaborate with Ellen Shanman to create the script for the new “Voltron” movie. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman will co-produce the title with Bob Koplar of World Events Productions, an American animation and distribution company known for releasing “Voltron: Defender of the Universe”.
Previous Hollywood attempts to launch a “Voltron” live-action movie in the early 2000s and the 2010s never came to fruition. While sources say this new project could hit the studio by the end of the weekend, no further plot or casting details have been announced.
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