“Voltron” the big-screen movie was supposed to be set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, and from what we hear, everyone who has read the script “loved” it. Of course, the fact that the script was written by Justin Marks, who back in the day was the “it” boy for all things sci-fi/genre, and I am doubtful it was ever that “great” to begin with. Marks, you’ll recall, is the writer of “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li”. (BRRRR. I still get chills thinking about what an abomination that one was.)
Back in April, we heard that World Event Prods and Classic Media, the rights holder to the sci-fi property, had ditched the Marks script and was starting over from scratch. Now it seems like “scratch” actually meant “trash”, because Variety reports that “Voltron” the movie is dead for the time being, and instead the company will move on with an animated TV show and toyline to re-introduce the flying robot animals and their human pilots to a new generation of kiddies.
“Voltron: Defender of the Universe” will be making its comeback tour with a new animated show on Nicktoons, as well as a brand new toy line from Mattel. This follows in the footsteps of Warner Bros. deciding to scrap their own plans for a “Thundercats” movie, instead opting to re-introduce the brand through a new TV show on Cartoon Network and toyline.
The new “Voltron” show will be called “Voltron Force”, and will premiere next year on Nicktoons as 26 30-minute episodes. The show will follow “five space explorers who pilot robotic lions that combine to form Voltron, an invincible guardian sworn to defend the Universe.”
Sounds like a lot of space to cover with just five measly robot lions, but what do I know, I never got a giant robot lion of my own to fight evil and aliens despite asking for it every Christmas. Sniff.
By the way, is that Optimus Prime doing the voiceover narration for the old TV show…?