A Voltron movie? Sure, why not.
The producers behind “Get Smart”, “The International”, and “The Dark Knight” have acquired the rights to make a live-action feature, pushing the project forward after several years in development. “Wanted” producer Jason Netter and World Events’ Ted Koplar are joining the Atlas trio (Charles Roven, Richard Suckle* [!!??!] and Steve Alexander) in producing.
“Voltron,” features a “Transformers”-like conceit, in which a band of five robot-lions combine to form one super lion. Pilots control the lions, which are charged with defending the planet Arus from villain King Zarkon, who dispatches evil creatures called Robobeats to fight the Voltron robots.
Koplar compared it favorably to “Transformers, saying that “unlike other robotic action movies, ‘Voltron’ is the personification of the human spirit, a quality that will set this movie apart.” [THR]
That’s right, the human spirit, when personified, looks like a giant robot made of smaller, lion-shaped robots driven by human pilots. With a big sword. I think that was in the bible.
And here’s a FILMDRUNK EXCLUSIVE QUOTE from someone close to the project:
Obviously been reading on the interweb today about yeah yeah Voltron/Transformers rip off / cash-in. That’s all fine and fair as we’ve had our share of starts and stops like any 100mil+ movie. (You ever read Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made? Heartbreaking stuff.)
But even the most jaded fan has to get a cinematic stiffy about us working with the producer behind Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and see a step in the right direction. C’mon, these guys produced 12 Fricken Monkeys and Three Kings as well. They know how to attach talent like Chris Nolan to f’d out genre stuff and boosh it out of the park [Ed. Note: This is incorrect usage of “boosh”, but I appreciate the attempt]. This is no guarantee any of this will happen but hey, like many I sat there watching TF2 trying to get it up and thinking, “Wow this would be awesome if this was like… a good movie…” Just imagine someone like, I dunno, Children of Men director Alfonso Cuarón bringing it with Voltron. That’s the goal here. And no giant robot testicles I promise. At least we will save that for the Criterion Edition.
So there you have it. If this were Aintitcoolnews, this quote would’ve been accompanied by the headline: ALFONSO CAURON DIRECTING VOLTRON??!!??!!??
*I don’t know how I let this slip by me the first time, but… SOMEONE NAMED THEIR KID “DICK SUCKLE”?! …You honestly couldn’t do worse than that. Even “Cunnilingus Fellatio” at least sounds high brow.