Optimus Prime just got some major cinematic competition. Relativity Media confirmed Thursday that the studio has optioned the feature-film rights for Voltron, and will adapt the cult 1984 anime series Voltron: Defender of the Universe into a live-action movie. Voltron, for those who weren’t robot-obsessed children of the ’80s, was about a team of five pilots whose individual vehicles, called Robot Lions, could combine to form the ultimate universe-saving, available-at-Toys”R”Us giant robot, Voltron.
The new movie, which doesn’t have a director or release date yet, is being produced by Charles Roven (The Dark Knight), Richard Suckle (The International), and Jason Netter (Wanted). Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, who co-wrote Sahara and next month’s Conan the Barbarian, are penning the script. The movie’s announcement was made at the end of a Comic-Con panel entitled “Voltron Resurgent,” which also showed off the recently debuted Nicktoons show Voltron Force, an upcoming video game, Voltron comic books, and Mattel’s new line of toys. And now, with news of a feature film, it truly is a wonderful time to be an ’80s kid. As for the movie, just one request: Keep it under 157 minutes, please.
Fellow Voltron nostalgics, how thrilled are you by this news? Let the Voltron vs. Transformers debates begin — yet again!