SDCC 2011: 'Voltron' Live Action Movie Coming from Relativity Media

It's official. The studio is teaming up with Atlas Entertainment for a new live-action project based on the popular animated series.
Voltron live-action movie coming from Relativity Media
Voltron live-action movie coming from Relativity Media
Relativity Media's President of Worldwide Production Tucker Tooley announced today the studio has optioned the feature film rights for Voltron: Defender of the Universe from World Event Productions, and will adapt the live-action big screen version from the 1984 cult-classic animated series Voltron: Defender of the Universe. The project was brought to Relativity through their deal with Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, whose company will shepherd the project.

In Voltron: Defender of the Universe, an elite battle force defends the fate of mankind in the spectacular action adventure. Five young warriors are responsible for the future of the galaxy when they become pilots of a battalion of ultra-high-tech Robot Lions, powerful vessels with the ability to join together to form a fearsome mega-weapon known as Voltron: Defender of the Universe.

The original series, based on the Japanese anime properties Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV, aired in the United States for two years and has been described as an "international pop-culture hit" that has garnered a large following over the last 25 years. In recent years, the Voltron: Defender of the Universe property has sold over 300,000 DVDs, established numerous apparel and consumer product deals and has spawned a highly-successful TV series, Voltron Force, which became Nicktoon's highest-rated debut ever on June 16, 2011. Voltron will be making its first-ever panel debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Thursday, July 21 where they will feature a presentation of all-new and classic Voltron content.

The live-action film will be produced by Atlas Entertainment's Roven (The Dark Knight) and Richard Suckle (The International), along with Kickstart Entertainment's Jason Netter (Wanted). World Events Productions' Ted Koplar (Voltron Force) will executive produce. The script is being penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly (Conan the Barbarian) and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara).

Tooley said...

"For nearly three decades, Voltron has captured the minds of a nostalgically loyal and rabid fan base and has long been considered a hotly-pursued project. We are beyond excited World Event Productions and Atlas Entertainment have placed their trust and faith in Relativity to bring this coveted property to the big screen, and usher in a new generation of devoted fans." Tooley added, "With Chuck and Richard's experience producing tentpoles, they are the perfect producers to bring this potential franchise to theaters."


Roven, co-founder, Atlas Entertainment said...

"It's incredibly gratifying to officially announce the development of the live-action Voltron movie this week, given its recent resurgence and the start of Comic-Con."

Suckle, producer, Atlas Entertainment added, "I know there's been a lot of rumors and speculation about this movie, so it's great to finally confirm to all the Voltron fans everywhere that we're coming for them."

Voltron: Defender of the Universe is in development .


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Comments (27)

  1. Reggie Stalling

    Yes...yes....yes!!!! Bout time

    3 years agoby @Reggie-StallingFlag

  2. Sean

    @rudy
    Yes, you're right.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  3. Rudy

    Come on guys, admit it, at least the concept art looks awesome.

    3 years agoby @rudyFlag

  4. Sean

    @Number1Wolverine
    I guess we'll see how that will turn out.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  5. CUPID

    @keith-desanty Yeah, their doing that but its just calling it Pacific Rim.

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  6. Salem6777

    HELL YEA!

    3 years agoby @Salem6777Flag

  7. Monkeyiron 2.0

    I wonder will they use the Voltcoms from The Voltro Force tv show on Nicktoons

    3 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  8. Monkeyiron 2.0

    If this movie does well then there is hope for a Power Rangers Reboot Movie

    3 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  9. Justhim_sir

    They better have a great cgi team to make those bots real like michael had for Transformers, it ain't going to work if the graphics suck.

    3 years agoby @justhim-sirFlag

  10. BERSERKER

    @themoviefanatic - I agree with you on Voltron and Transformers, but i want a Gundam movie.

    3 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  11. nitti21

    @felipe-11 oh, ok

    3 years agoby @nitti21Flag

  12. Replicant

    @nitti21 Yes, we do.

    3 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  13. nitti21

    do we need this?

    3 years agoby @nitti21Flag

  14. MovieManiac

    @dan1 - It sounds exactly like Power Rangers.

    3 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  15. Sean

    @Number1Wolverine
    I bet Voltron has the chance to be as good as Transformers 1 and 3. Transformers only went downhill when Tranformers 2 came out, not before or after it came out.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  16. Nicholaus XX

    Oh, God, no.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  17. BERSERKER

    Now that Transformers is downhill, Voltron is up.

    3 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  18. Monkeyiron 2.0

    No no no Robotech no no

    3 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  19. Keith DeSanty

    I would like to see a live action robotech movie

    3 years agoby @keith-desantyFlag

  20. Monkeyiron 2.0

    Hope it kick-ass like transformers because if this works than there mite be hope 4 that Power Ranger movie

    3 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  21. angelheart1016

    Yeah...It's about time for some different robots !

    3 years agoby @angelheart1016Flag

  22. Dan

    This sounds like Power Rangers.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  23. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Hope they can do it. They are gonna need a lot of luck

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  24. ejk1

    good luck.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  25. mazinger76

    Screw Voltron! What about Mazinger!?!?!

    3 years agoby @mazinger76Flag

  26. Buriblazing

    very nice!

    3 years agoby @buriblazingFlag

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