It's been languishing in development hell but today the proposed live-action Voltron movie got a recharge of creative energy as a new group of producers came onboard to try and make the movie a reality. The producers are Charles Roven (The Dark Knight), Richard Suckle and Steve Alexander (Get Smart), Jason Netter (Wanted) and Ted Koplar and are hoping to do what the movie's former producer, Mark Gordon, couldn't. Maybe the staggering success of the Transformers sequel has something to do with the new surge of interest in Voltron.
Gordon had been trying to develop Voltron for several years and got a screenplay written by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li) but no financiers were willing to step up and fund the expensive project. But that was before Transformers and Hollywood discovering what Japanese people have known for decades: that giant fighting robots are very much in style and people are willing to pay to watch them UFC all over each others' metallic asses.
Debuting in the early '80s first in Japan before being exported to the west, Voltron is about five young people in command of giant robots shaped like lions. Charged with protecting the distant planet Arus from the evil King Zarkon, the Voltron pilots could combine their machines into an even bigger giant robot. A popular toy line accompanied the TV series and both have remained popular over the years with spinoffs and sequels produced for a new generation.