After nearly three years of development, preparations for the Voltron movie look to be entering the home stretch: Variety is reporting that New Regency and the Mark Gordon Company are in the late stages of negotiations to bring one of 1984’s best-selling toys to the big screen.
The recent success of the Transformers film obviously hasn’t hurt the studio’s enthusiasm for a Voltron project, but it’s been in the works for awhile, and should probably be viewed as more of a product of the industry’s fascination with adaptations than a craven attempt to ride Michael Bay’s coattails.
Voltron, naturally, is being viewed as a possible franchise for New Regency. Justin Marks — who is also working on Joel Silver’s planned He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Warner Bros.’ upcoming Green Arrow film, and a Street Fighter project at Fox — is working on the script, which Variety describes thusly:
Marks’ take is described as a post-apocalyptic tale set in New York City and Mexico. Five ragtag survivors of an alien attack band together and end up piloting the five lion-shaped robots that combine and form the massive sword-wielding Voltron that helps battle Earth’s invaders.
We imagine that the makers of the Gobots and Mobile Armored Strike Kommand will be hearing from the studios any day now.