Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Voltron

A lot of people have been speculating that 1-18-08 is a new Voltron movie. I wonder if this news will put an end to the speculation or add fuel to the fire?? VOLTRON is moving forward with producer Mark Gordon and New Regency SOURCE VARIETY New Regency is ready to assemble its own giant robot movie. The 20th Century Fox-based production entity has partnered with the Mark Gordon Co. to adapt "Voltron: Defender of the Universe" into a possible franchise. Producer Mark Gordon has been developing the pic, based on the popular 1980s Japanese animated TV series, comicbooks and toy line, for some time with Justin Marks penning the script. But interest in the property hit a high after "Transformers" turned into a box office juggernaut, raking in nearly $300 million to date. Marks' take is described as a post-apocalyptic tale of survival set in New York City and Mexico. In the animated series, five Galaxy Alliance pilots control vehicles shaped like lions that combine and form the massive sword-wielding Voltron robot in order to battle an evil menace. Gordon is producing with Lawrence Inglee and Jordan Wynn shepherding the project at the Mark Gordon Co. Mark Costa and Ford Oelman are executive producers. Marks has become a go-to guy in Hollywood for comicbook, videogame and toy based adaptations. He is adapting "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" for Joel Silver at Warner Bros., as well as the Green Arrow pic "Supermax," also at the studio. Marks also has "Street Fighter" in the works at Hyde Park and Fox.

5 comments:

The Curmudgeon said...

Not familiar with this at all but the fella at the front of the last illustration looks a little like Speed Racer.

Him, I remember.

Stewart Sternberg said...

This is one subgenre I want to leave behind. It was bad enough when we allowed this crap to be broadcast on Saturday morning but to actually have it become the stuff of multimillion dollar films is too much.

I hated Transformers and can only imagine how awful another giant robot movie will be. Maybe it's a propaganda film. Maybe the movie studios see the robots as a manifestation of large corporations and they want people to see that large corporations are their protectors.

Voltron my ass.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I haven't heard about this. Could be good if handled right.

SQT said...

I'm not surprised you didn't like Transformers Stu. I kind of knew what to expect since Michael Bay directed it so I was okay with it. I don't really know what to make of this.

A post-apocalyptic Voltron in New Mexico???

reagu said...

This might actually work well because Voltron centers around a team of heroes who controls the robot so the storyline can be more conventional. Transformers should have been more about the robots and less of the humans.