Universal Pictures To Produce Live-Action Adaptation Of Voltron
Envisioned as a live-action counterpart to the popular animated series, the movie will feature The Chronicles of Riddick and Lone Ranger veteran Tom Engelman as a producer. The studio’s decision to go ahead with the project is the first sign of progress on the property in several years, following several aborted attempts to adapt the show for the big screen:
The original Voltron series, based on the Japanese anime properties Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV, aired in the United States from 1984 – 1985 and became a pop culture phenomena in its own right. It tells the story of five young pilots that control giant Lion robots that form into the titular warrior and do battle across the planet Arus.
A TV special, Voltron: Fleet of Doom, was released in 1986 with a computer animated series, Voltron: The Third Dimension, following in 1998.”The Third Dimension” was short-lived, lasting just 26 episodes. Another attempt at rebooting the series came with 2011’s Voltron Force on Nickelodeon, which also lasted just 26 episodes. Currently, Voltron Legendary Defender is available on Netflix with a second season set to premiere January 20, 2017.
A live-action Voltron was previously in development in 2005 with producer Mark Gordon attached and a script by Justin Marks (The Jungle Book).
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