Well folks, after a long, long time in movie development limbo, it appears that the classic 1980’s animated television show Voltron: Defender of the Universe is finally moving slowly forward thanks to Universal Pictures.
Deadline broke the story, citing that Universal picked up the film rights via a deal with DreamWorks Animation. Universal has signed David Hayter, best known for X-Men, X-Men 2 and Watchmen, to pen the script. FUN FACT: Keen fans may also know Hayter as the voice of Solid Snake in the American Metal Gear Solid videogame series, and Captain America in several Marvel animated series.
Originally airing on September 10, 1984, Voltron: Defender of the Universe was the first Voltron series, heavily edited from the more gruesome Beast King GoLion from Japan. The basic premise — five robots combine into one to fight evil.
A live-action version of Voltron has been on and off since 2004, changing development hands several times, including 20th Century Fox w/ a script from Justin Marks (see concept art above), New Regency, w/ Max Makowski (Save the Last Dance) set to direct, before Atlas acquired the rights. Sufficed to say, there has been a strong interest. And now, even more so, thanks to the Dreamworks Animated Series on Netflix, which is wildly celebrated by both fans and critics.
Nothing much else is known about the status movie, but if it’s anything like the Netflix series, the potential is there. Fans can only hope they don’t Bay-formers the shit out of it.