According to The Hollywood Reporter, Red Notice director Rawson Marshall Thurber is developing a live-action film adaptation of Voltron, based on the classic sci-fi action animated series. The project has sparked the interest of multiple studios and streamers including Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Amazon Studios, who are currently in a bidding war for the rights to the film.
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The live-action Voltron movie will be directed by Thurber from a screenplay he’ll co-write with Ellen Shanman. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are attached to produce along with Bob Koplar through World Events Productions, the company that currently controls the rights to the mecha franchise.
Even though Netflix previously collaborated with Thurber in his most recent action feature Red Notice and had also released the animated series Voltron: Legendary Defender, the mega streamer is reportedly not one of the bidders vying for the project.
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The Voltron franchise is based on Toei Animation’s mecha anime series titled Beast King GoLion, which aired 52 episodes from 1981-1982. It first gained international recognition when it was adapted by World Events Productions and ABC into an English animated series that ran on-air from 1984-1985.
The story revolves around five young space pilots that control Robot Lions, which together into the titular super robot. Due to its success, it spawned three more animated TV spin-offs, two video games, and a line of toys.