Live-action Voltron movie sparks bidding war between multiple studios

According to The Hollywood Reporter, red notice director Rawson Marshall Thurber is developing a live-action film adaptation of Voltron, based on the classic sci-fi action anime series. The project has attracted interest from several studios and streamers, including Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures and Amazon Studios, which are currently in a bidding war for the film rights.

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Live action Voltron film will be directed by Thurber from a screenplay he will co-write with Ellen Shanman. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are attached to produce with Bob Koplar through World Events Productions, the company that currently controls the rights to the mecha franchise.

Even though Netflix has already collaborated with Thurber in their latest action feature red notice and had also released the anime series Voltron: Legendary Defenderthe mega streamer is reportedly not one of the bidders vying for the project.

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the Voltron The franchise is based on Toei Animation’s mecha anime series titled GoLion Beast Kingwhich aired 52 episodes from 1981 to 1982. It first gained international recognition when it was adapted by World Events Productions and ABC into an English animated series which aired from 1984–1985.

The story revolves around five young space pilots who control Robot Lions, who together form the titular super robot. Due to its success, it spawned three more animated television spin-offs, two video games, and a line of toys.

Laura J. Boyer