Last summer, Universal Pictures’ parent company NBCUniversal acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion, with Universal Pictures inheriting the studio’s slate of projects that were currently in the makes. One of these projects was actually a live-action adaptation of Voltron, that was being secretly developed at the studio. Now, reports suggest project is in fact moving forward at Universal, with X-Men and Watchmen writer David Hayter embarking on board as script writer.
There had been a live action project called Voltron: Defender of the Universe, which was being developed by Atlas Entertainment many years ago. Thomas Dean DOnnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan the Barbarian) were set to write the script, but a director was never brought on board. Relativity Media picked up the project back in 2011, but it never moved forward into production.
The original Voltron TV series debuted in 1984, based on the Japanese anime properties Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV. The show followed the pilots of five lion robots as they protect the galaxy and planet Arus against the evil threats of King Zarkon and Prince Lotor of planet Doom. The series aired in the United States for two years and has been described as an “international pop-culture hit” that spawned other shows such as 1998’s Voltron: The Third Dimension, 2011’s Voltron Force and Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender. No plot details were given for this Voltron movie quite yet.