Thanks to the worldwide success of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen producers Charles Roven, Richard Suckle and Steve Alexander of Atlas Entertainment have once again resurrected Voltron based on the 1980s cartoon series.
When we last heard of the proposed feature Max Makowski (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) was in negotiations to direct the film with a script from Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li) telling a post-apocalyptic tale set in New York City and Mexico, where five survivors of an alien attack band together and end up piloting the five lion-shaped robots that combine and form the massive sword-wielding Voltron that helps battle Earth’s invaders.
However, the new report from Steven Zeitchik at The Risky Bix Blog doesn’t mention Makowski and it sounds like the Marks draft is out. The film is no longer set up at a studio, but Atlas does have an overall deal with Warner Bros., which I guess could be seen as a logical move to combat Paramount/DreamWorks’ Transformers, but do we really need more brainless robot destruction?
Then again, the prospect of the film landing at Warner Bros. may be a good move. Warner has proven to take a little more care with their franchises and even risked a hefty sum on Zack Snyder’s vision for Watchmen, which didn’t exactly work out, but you can’t say WB wasn’t doing their very best to sell the product.
Joining the Atlas bunch as producers are Jason Netter of Kickstart Entertainment and World Eventsâ€™ Ted Koplar. Koplar gives a ridiculous quote saying that “unlike other robotic action movies, Voltron is the personification of the human spirit, a quality that will set this movie apart.” Oh boy, let’s get in line, this one is going to blow us away!