'Voltron' Movie is Being Made for Real

August 18, 2008

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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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