Voltron Movie in Development Again with Dark Knight Producer
by Alex Billington
July 19, 2009
If you're a big fan of Voltron, then we've got some good news. THR's Risky Biz Blog announces that the live-action rights to a Voltron movie have switched owners. Charles Roven (The Dark Knight), Richard Suckle (The International) and Steve Alexander are the new producers on this. They replace Mark Gordon who had brought on Justin Marks, the screenwriter responsible for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Marks had written a Voltron script that focused on an alien invasion in an apocalyptic North America. The new owners will restart development on this from scratch and I believe will throw out Marks' screenplay.
Voltron, an animated TV series from the '80s that has retained a loyal fan following, is about a band of five robot-lions that 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. “It’s undeniably impressive that Voltron has sustained itself globally for a quarter of a century,” Roven said. Atlas Entertainment, run by Roven, Suckle, and Alexander, will move forward on developing this right away. It could be a great alternative to Transformers (especially at this moment).
As already mentioned, a Voltron movie was in development previously. We wrote quite a few articles about that version, including that an indie filmmaker named Max Makowski was going to direct it and so on. It's hard to form an opinion on a project based solely on the producers involved, but I will say that I think Roven, Suckle, and Alexander will do a better job adapting this than Mark Gordon would have. At least they won't hire the screenwriter of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Now here's the question I pose to you! Can both Transformers and Voltron exist side-by-side as live-action movies? Or are they too similar?