- Sir Ridley Scott says: "I'll never work without 3-D again," This is just like when Dad got so excited about emails the week after he bought that Compaq.
- Steven Spielberg says Jurassic Park IV will happen in the next two or three years, Michael Crichton's angry spirit notwithstanding.
- Robert Rodriguez says Frank Miller has finished the Sin City 2 script, and the film could go into production as early as this year. Presumably, the sequel will at last reveal what Marv smells like.
- In this statement, Relativity Media assures everyone that those old plans to make a live-action Voltron movie still stand. Phew!
- Charlie Kaufman's sophomore directorial effort, Frank or Francis, has Nicolas Cage, Steve Carell, and Jack Black lined up to star, giving them all something to be proud of before they go back to CGI animal voices and hairpieces.
Welp, we won't be mercifully spared a Voltron movie after all. Speaking to MTV, producers Ted Koplar and the tragically-named Richard Suckle clarified that plans are still going forward, and an "A-level screenwriter" has nearly signed on to write a script that will likely include the screen direction, "Robot cats combine to form torso and limbs of a larger metal man." Those of you who were fans of the much-hyped script by the guy who wrote Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li may be saddened to learn the two plan to start from scratch, but Koplar promises us, "All these component parts are going to come together like Voltron." His deft command of forced Voltron references is reassuring.
Looks like we won't be seeing a young cast of Taylor Lautners piloting robot cats on the big screen any time soon. According to Variety, rights holders World Event Prods and Classic Media have abandoned plans for a Voltron movie in favor of just cranking out some new toys tied in with a new animated show on Nicktoons. The 26-episode series, titled Voltron Force, will begin next year, and will draw snide comparisons to Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers from anyone too young to drink. The report claims the plan is to "remain faithful to the old show," but also gives the ominous warning that we should expect some new characters and an "edgier, modernized robot." So long, vacant stare-faced Voltron! Hello, scowling, stubble-faced Voltron with a gun?
The concept of five space-age teenagers piloting mechanical lions, which can join together to form a large robot man with a sword, is too solid to let die. Last week, Relativity Media recognized that, and announced plans to back a Hollywood adaptation of Voltron, to be made on a reasonable budget by using a lot of green screens and computers. Now the company has found their director: Max Makowski. Who? This guy:
Max's credits include the movies The Pigeon Egg Strategy (premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 1998), One Last Dance (premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and went on to Cannes), and television series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (2003) and The Agency (2005). He is also working on writing and directing a Universal film based on the Japanese movie Shinobi, a Studio Canal film based on Le Professionnel, and he has rewritten the screenplay for the bigscreen version of Hawaii Five-O. Max also will direct the bigscreen adaptation of the 1970s TV series Kung Fu which revolved around a Shaolin monk forced to flee to the Wild West, where he used his martial arts skills to fend off various evildoers.
Well, since he hasn't directed any Mummy movies or video game adaptations, he's already better than most of the directors I figured they'd give this project to--plus, he's got gay-stereotype-reinforcing makeover reality TV experience, which always helps in a giant robot battle movie. I'm willing to give him a shot. Why not, right?
Now let's move on to who's going to direct the inevitable Silverhawks movie. Don't act like you aren't making one, Hollywood. I remember it as a child, so you must be.
Exclusive: We Know Who Is Directing Voltron!! [Latino Review]
Another day, another chance for Hollywood to hastily scrape the lining of the 1980s' uterus, hoping something they can rake out will resemble a movie if they project some light through it. This time: Voltron.
Fox-based New Regency has put robot project "Voltron: Defender of the Universe" into turnaround.
Ryan Kavanaugh's financing and production venture Relativity Media is in negotiations to back the property, though on a more moderate budget, utilizing the type of cost-effective technology employed in films including "300."
Last summer, New Regency picked up the rights to the property, adapted by scribe Justin Marks, who's behind Warner Bros.' bigscreen versions of "He-Man" and "Green Arrow."
Marks' take is described as a post-apocalyptic tale set in New York City and Mexico, where five survivors of an alien attack 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.
The worst part will be when I see the trailer in the theater and inevitably hear some kids talking about how it looks like a Power Rangers rip-off. "Hey, idiots, Voltron was around first! No, you're an old nerd!"
'Voltron' facing a Relativity reboot [Variety]
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