Live-action “Voltron” being adapted for big screen

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Voltron, Defender of the Universe,

Voltron, Defender of the Universe,

Rel­a­tiv­ity Media has optioned the fea­ture film rights for Voltron 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 studio’s pres­i­dent of world­wide pro­duc­tion, Tucker Too­ley, announced Thursday.

The project was brought to Rel­a­tiv­ity through its deal with Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, whose com­pany will shep­herd the project.

In Voltron, 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.”

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 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.

Voltron made its first-ever panel debut Thurs­day at Comic-Con Inter­na­tional in San Diego, a pre­sen­ta­tion of all-new and clas­sic Voltron con­tent was featured.

The live-action film will be pro­duced by Atlas Entertainment’s Roven (The Dark Knight) and 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).

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 said. “With Chuck and Richard’s expe­ri­ence pro­duc­ing tent­poles, they are the per­fect pro­duc­ers to bring this poten­tial fran­chise to the­aters,” he added.

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

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,” added Suckle, a pro­ducer at Atlas Entertainment.

Look­ing ahead, Rel­a­tiv­ity will release David Ellis’ Shark Night 3D on Sep­tem­ber 2, fol­lowed by Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher on Sep­tem­ber 23, then Immor­tals on Novem­ber 11, star­ring Henry Cav­ill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans and Kel­lan Lutz with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke.

The stu­dio is in pro­duc­tion on its Unti­tled Snow White Project (in the­atres March 16), star­ring Lily Collins as Snow White, Oscar-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen, Armie Ham­mer as Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane as the hap­less and bungling ser­vant to the Queen.

Relativity’s expan­sive 2012 slate also includes Hay­wire (in the­atres Jan­u­ary 20), Act of Valor (in the­atres Feb­ru­ary 17), The Raven (in the­atres March 9), Unti­tled Farrelly/Wessler Project (in the­atres April 13), House at the End of the Street (in the­atres April 20), Safe Haven (in the­atres June 1) and Hunter Killer (in the­atres Decem­ber 21, 2012).

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