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'Voltron' To Hit The Big Screen

The 80's television show gets the 'Transformers' treatment!


Devil's Due 'Voltron' comic book series

The success of Michael Bay's 'Transformers' franchise has evidently inspired Hollywood to look to other robot action figures to bring to the big screen. You might remember the Japanese robot television franchise, Voltron which you may have caught between 1984 and 1985. While the television show itself only lasted about two years, they were successful enough to launch a line of toys and continue to have a cult following today. So if you have loved Voltron all your life, then there is good news. Atlas Entertainment, the producers behind such films as 'The Dark Knight,' 'Get Smart,' and 'The International' recently acquired the rights to the Japanese television series from a St. Louis based company, World Events, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  


 

"Voltron," a television hit in the 1980’s that has retained a loyal fan following, features a “Transformers"-like conceit, in which a band of five robot-lions combine to form one super lion. A group of five pilots control the lions, which are charged with defending the planet Arus from villain King Zarkon, who dispatches evil creatures called Robobeats to fight the Voltron robots.

Based on Japanese anime properties Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV,  "Voltron” aired only for two years on U.S. television, in 1984 and 1985, when Japanese pop-culture had not yet penetrated the American mainstream.

But the title caught the same wave of interest that carried “Transformers," "Gobots" and other mythic stories about shape-shifting robots, and also prompted a popular line of toys.

 

 The television show was relaunched again in the 90's and saw an independent comic book based on the television series a few years ago courtesy of Devil's Due publishers, but this is the first time that Voltron has gotten wind of any major motion picture news. The film would likely be in the same style as 'Transformers,' where live-action and CG robots merge. What do you guys think? Have you ever seen the television show? Did you read the comic book? Are you excited to see a Voltron movie?

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Posted by jloneblackheart

Is originality just dead or what?

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Posted by SUNMAN
@jloneblackheart said:
" Is originality just dead or what? "
wait till the Smurf movie comes out
Posted by Hawk

BLAH......Transformers knock off . I bet they have some hot babe bent over in it.

Posted by Defiant
@Hawk said:
"BLAH......Transformers knock off . I bet they have some hot babe bent over in it."

actually Voltron came before the Formers dude. it just came out in america later.  I loved this show! I hope the movie goes thru



Posted by King Saturn
My My My My My........
Posted by Wizarda

I like Voltron a lot,when i was a child i used to watch it everyday on TV, I even had toys.But i just can't imagine how will they make it,the epic form of Voltron and his enemies

Posted by Hawk
@Defiant said:
" @Hawk said:
"BLAH......Transformers knock off . I bet they have some hot babe bent over in it."

actually Voltron came before the Formers dude. it just came out in america later.  I loved this show! I hope the movie goes thru


"
Not really talking about the cartoon, talking about the timing of the movies.
Posted by HaloKing343

Never heard of this before... what is it?

Posted by CPTSteve
@Hawk said:
"I bet they have some hot babe bent over in it."
You say this like it's a bad thing...

I'd love a Voltron movie.  It seems to be a little harder beast to sell.  The cartoon and toys weren't quite as big, and the premise is a little more out there.  But I'll go!  As will several of my friends from childhood I'm sure.  so maybe we're enough...
Posted by Defiant
@Hawk said:
"@Defiant said:
" @Hawk said:
"BLAH......Transformers knock off . I bet they have some hot babe bent over in it."

actually Voltron came before the Formers dude. it just came out in america later.  I loved this show! I hope the movie goes thru


"
Not really talking about the cartoon, talking about the timing of the movies."

OOHHHH....yeah your totally rite bro. Hollywood is so going after all the 80's hits now
Posted by Fluke-buddha

Heard Pharrell is doing the soundtrack for this. 

Posted by bloodshed
and i'll form the head!!
Posted by SilverZeo

They should have J.J. Abrams, the Director from the Star Trek movie, do this one. Bay maybe the best choice for giant robots that duke it out, but Voltron is more sci-fi in general and can rival Star Trek.  ABrams should do this, or maybe Gatchamen.

Posted by 5N1KT

looking forward to seeing this!!

Posted by ARMIV

Ditch the kid with the insanely irritating voice's voice and I might see this.

Posted by Citizen 14
@SUNMAN said:
" @jloneblackheart said:
" Is originality just dead or what? "
wait till the Smurf movie comes out
"
and the 'Wheres Waldo' movie.
not to mention if the "Thundercats" movie blows I'ma go on a shooting rampage. lol
Posted by goldenkey
@Citizen 14 said:
"@SUNMAN said:
" @jloneblackheart said:
" Is originality just dead or what? "
wait till the Smurf movie comes out
"
and the 'Wheres Waldo' movie. not to mention if the "Thundercats" movie blows I'ma go on a shooting rampage. lol"

I don't think it's about the robot movie as much as it is about the 80's cartoon made into a movie. 
Posted by goldenkey
@SilverZeo said:
"They should have J.J. Abrams, the Director from the Star Trek movie, do this one. Bay maybe the best choice for giant robots that duke it out, but Voltron is more sci-fi in general and can rival Star Trek.  ABrams should do this, or maybe Gatchamen."

abrams all the way.  This movie is still way to easy to make horrible.
Posted by danhimself

my original Voltron toys got recalled because the were painted with lead based paint :(

Posted by Harlekin
@SilverZeo said:
" They should have J.J. Abrams, the Director from the Star Trek movie, do this one. Bay maybe the best choice for giant robots that duke it out, but Voltron is more sci-fi in general and can rival Star Trek.  ABrams should do this, or maybe Gatchamen. "
There is a CGI Gatchaman movie in the works with a script by Paul Dini and a 11 second trailer.
Posted by Bruce Vain

I love Voltron hell when I was a little kid I had a Voltron Big Wheel I use to ride everywhere lol.

Posted by santeria_smith

voltron was so much better in japan. it was uncut and wasn't so kiddy. i remember seeing an episode on youtube where it starts off with ninjas slicing a couple n half, a elderly lady, and a little boy. it was crazy... really gory. i was all.....this...is...voltron that i grew up to love?...ill try to find the vid

Posted by Media_Master

Having seen transformers and none of Voltron, this movie studio sounds like they can make money off of this property

Posted by NightFang

Its about damn time!

Edited by grimreaper1980

how is a movie like that gonna hit theaters, but no more dc comics flicks. i mean i'm a voltron fan but come on