Voltron movie gets closer
Don't you wish someone would make a live-action movie based on a popular cartoon from the '80s about giant robots?
No, not that one, I'm talking about Voltron. Variety reports that Voltron: Defender of the Universe is finally on the cusp of getting made. Of course, the success of Transformers has helped quite a bit as far as stirring up interest. New Regency and the Mark Gordon Company are close to finalizing a deal to start production on the movie. New Regency's other live-action adaptation is Alvin and the Chipmunks. Eek.
The original Voltron animated series showed up on American TV screens as a dubbed and heavily-edited version of the original Japanese cartoon. Voltron was a gigantic, shape-shifting robot made up of several smaller robots (sometimes robotic lions, sometimes vehicles, depending on the series). A CGI version also popped up in the '90s.
The film version will take place on a post-apocalyptic Earth ravaged by alien invaders. Five survivors wind up piloting the robotic lions that combine to form Voltron, humanities last chance to defeat the alien menace.
Justin Marks, the screenwriter for the project, is also writing the script for the Masters of the Universe feature film.
My prediction: also expect a live-action Strawberry Shortcake film in the next couple years.