Someone has Read the Voltron Script and Says it’s Great!

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Or that’s the word from Latino Review, who as usual has gotten their hands on an advance script of the upcoming “Voltron” live-action movie. Yes, a movie based on that show about giant lion robots that can combine to form a big f’in robot, kinda like Transformers, but with swords and, um, giant lion robot parts for limbs. The script in question was written by Justin Marks, who has basically usurped the position once held by David Goyer as the go-to guy for comic book movies. Besides “Voltron”, Marks is currently penning the new “He-Man: Masters of the Universe” movie, as well as Goyer’s own Green Arrow movie, “Supermax”.

Here’s LR’s review of the script, plot descriptions in bold:

What is so damn cool about the script is that it pays homage to both incarnations of the Voltron cartoon — the American and Japanese versions. GOLION came out back in 1981 in Japan, three years later in America. GOLION was considered too hardcore for American audiences so it was edited down into what would be VOLTRON. Wikpedia nailed down the differences of Voltron and Golion in an awesome article and expose of the Voltron phenomenon, check it out.

The script has the tone, edge and dark elements of GOLION.

VOLTRON is a post apocalyptic movie and a fucking awesome one at that too. Just the way it should be because that was the setup of both cartoons. A little bit of ROAD WARRIOR, a little bit INDEPENDENCE DAY, a little bit WAR OF THE WORLDS, a little bit of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, a little bit of THE TERMINATOR, and a little bit of THE MATRIX with some STARGATE thrown in for good measure!

Also, none of the elements that made Voltron corny are in the script — no Nanny, no Hagar, and especially no fucking space mice! In fact, no corniness at all!

Here is the setup: The Drules have invaded Earth and kicked our ass in the ONE DAY WAR. Humanity has gone underground. New York has been decimated and our story opens on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Drule invasion. Think about it, Earth was conquered by an Alien race in 24 hours.

Now I don’t really recall any of that dark post-apocalyptic stuff in the original cartoons. Wasn’t it just about a bunch of humans and their fancy robot lions? I guess not.

Anyways, you can read the full script review here. It goes on in quite great details about the characters and the first 43 pages.

The reviewer adds (as if we don’t already know):

Voltron also leaves room for a sequel or trilogy! Awesome! The script is definitely solid enough to launch a trilogy. The Drules are solid villains you love to hate and I would just love to see the battle taken to their home planet like they did in the final episodes of the cartoon.

Sheesh, another wannabe trilogy. I swear, this thing is getting out of hand…

Here’s a clip from the “Voltron” cartoons to remind you what this thing is about (love the synthesizer music):

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  • http://www.geocities.com/kiethblacklion KiethBlackLion

    Here’s a scoop for ya, a majority of the Voltron fans on the Official Voltron Message Board (http://forums.voltron.com/groupee) have read the review on LatinoReview and many agree that the new concept for the Voltron Movie sucks.

    What we have been told about the script, leaves out important characters, specifically King Zarkon (who’s in charge of the Forces of Planet Doom), Witch Haggar (who split Voltron into 5 lions in the US version of the cartoon) and Zarkon’s son Lotor (who wants to rule in place of his father).

    All the main characters have been radically changed beyond the “mondernization” that Hollywood has adopted as its standard operating, proceedure to the point where the movie isn’t even recognizable as Voltron.

    If anyone wants to see the non-paid-for-reviews of those who will be shelling out the $6-$12 to see this movie, checkout the official Voltron message boards and look for the “Voltron Script” thread.

    ~KBL~

  • http://www.geocities.com/kiethblacklion KiethBlackLion

    Here’s a scoop for ya, a majority of the Voltron fans on the Official Voltron Message Board (http://forums.voltron.com/groupee) have read the review on LatinoReview and many agree that the new concept for the Voltron Movie sucks.

    What we have been told about the script, leaves out important characters, specifically King Zarkon (who’s in charge of the Forces of Planet Doom), Witch Haggar (who split Voltron into 5 lions in the US version of the cartoon) and Zarkon’s son Lotor (who wants to rule in place of his father).

    All the main characters have been radically changed beyond the “mondernization” that Hollywood has adopted as its standard operating, proceedure to the point where the movie isn’t even recognizable as Voltron.

    If anyone wants to see the non-paid-for-reviews of those who will be shelling out the $6-$12 to see this movie, checkout the official Voltron message boards and look for the “Voltron Script” thread.

    ~KBL~

  • Theo

    My fear is that they’ll reduce our favorite 80′s Anime cartoon to a Power-Rangers-quagmire that will turn off fans all over! It’s going to take A LOT of work to pull this one off! They’ll need ALL the key characters, and I would LOVE to see (or hear) Peter Cullen have a significant role on this movie since he was responsible for the opening narration, among other parts in Voltron.

  • Theo

    My fear is that they’ll reduce our favorite 80′s Anime cartoon to a Power-Rangers-quagmire that will turn off fans all over! It’s going to take A LOT of work to pull this one off! They’ll need ALL the key characters, and I would LOVE to see (or hear) Peter Cullen have a significant role on this movie since he was responsible for the opening narration, among other parts in Voltron.

  • Theo

    I DO need to add that I had seen clips of the original GoLion Japanese Anime from the early 1980′s, before it hit America, and it didn’t seem anything like what was described above. It DID have a slightly dark tone to it, but had the Space Mice, it did have Hagar, etc.
    Let us all hope that Justin Marks does it justice!

  • Theo

    I DO need to add that I had seen clips of the original GoLion Japanese Anime from the early 1980′s, before it hit America, and it didn’t seem anything like what was described above. It DID have a slightly dark tone to it, but had the Space Mice, it did have Hagar, etc.
    Let us all hope that Justin Marks does it justice!

  • rick james

    I don’t understand why the 20 people on the voltron forum would complain about this movie being made. What New voltron ANYTHING has come out in the last 20 years? If anything has come out, i defeintly have not heard anything about it and I bet a very small amount of people would know about it. This movie could revolutionize Voltron and bring this classic cartoon back from the dead. Why would fanatics be pissed about that, you would figure they’d be salvating at anything they could get their hands on. Maybe they need another 20 years or so to be able to handle the idea that voltron is coming out on the big screen.

  • rick james

    I don’t understand why the 20 people on the voltron forum would complain about this movie being made. What New voltron ANYTHING has come out in the last 20 years? If anything has come out, i defeintly have not heard anything about it and I bet a very small amount of people would know about it. This movie could revolutionize Voltron and bring this classic cartoon back from the dead. Why would fanatics be pissed about that, you would figure they’d be salvating at anything they could get their hands on. Maybe they need another 20 years or so to be able to handle the idea that voltron is coming out on the big screen.

  • R

    I can’t believe that Lotor won’t be in the movie! He was my favortie!

  • R

    I can’t believe that Lotor won’t be in the movie! He was my favortie!