After Pacific Rim and Power Rangers, it looks like another giant robot property is on its way to the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a bidding war has now started for an adaptation of Voltron for the big screen. The movie is set to be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Red Notice), and several studios are said to be interested in the project including Warner Bros., Universal, and Amazon.
Strangely enough, Netflix, who streamed the animated Voltron: Legendary Defender is not in the running to produce the movie.
Voltron was originally a Japanese anime called Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Darigger XV. The show was then repackaged for the American market as Voltron: Defender of the Universe which came out in the ‘80s. The series focused on five young pilots who each had control of a robot lion—then all their robots would combine to turn into the giant mech, Voltron.
The series was rebooted by Netflix back in 2016 and it ran for eight seasons before it ended in 2018. We don’t know what this movie is going to be based on, but seeing as how Hollywood films have a tendency to reboot everything, I think we could be looking at a completely new take.
If you asked me, I would have just loved a full-length Voltron movie. I mean, if the Gundam franchise can just keep releasing top-quality films, what’s stopping a property like Voltron?
No release date has been set for the movie yet, but hopefully we get an update soon, based on who wins the bidding war.