Voltron was a big hit in America when it was launched back in the 80’s, the golden time for the Saturday morning cartoons. Even though the series didn’t have as many seasons as the Transformers, the fan following was surprisingly immense. Voltron is counted as one of the top 10 eighties cartoons in America today. There was something beyond the giant robots and gunslinging action that kids were able to relate to this cartoon.
Netflix recently launched season 2 of the Voltron animated remake by teaming up with Dreamworks, and it is one of the most watched series on Netflix’s catalog, internationally. There were other attempts to revive the series before Netflix like VOLTRON: THE THIRD DIMENSION back in 1998 and other specials, but most of them fell flat.
The response that Netflix garnered by the new Voltron cartoon has once again recovered the Voltron Live-Action movie project that has been rotting in the production hell for more than one and a half decades. Yes, you read it correctly, Producer Mark Gordon has been behind a live-action film for Voltron since the success of the first Transformers movie. His first attempt got caught in legal and fiscal issues with Toei Animation who was one of the creators of the original IP. Back in 2010, the production was kicked with Fox Studios even the concept arts were published but then financial issues cropped up, and a crazy bidding war initiated for the rights that took around three years to settle down!
Finally, the “Deadline” (Media House) confirmed that Universal studio has all the rights of the movie, and they are moving forward with the production of the Voltron film with Gordon as producer and David Hayter as the writer, who has already finished the script. David has already delivered many blockbusters like the first two X-Men Movies, and he was also the mastermind behind the Watchmen. David’s involvement also hints that the film is going to have a mature tone than its original source.
Universal wants to fast track this project because the Transformers franchise has already delivered five movies, and Pacific Rim is going to release its second film next year in February. Both these franchises deal with giant robots and studio is concerned that the audience will get saturated with Giant Robot genre if they delay this movie anymore. They are targeting a release date of late 2019, and currently, they have initiated talks with prospective actors. Here are the names of the artists who have been approached for the significant roles in the film:-
1. Kenta Sakurai as Shiro
2. Corey Maison as Pidge