Just when you thought those giant cat-bots of Voltron were dead in the cinematic waters, someone swoops in and starts talking again. The last update we made here on FSR was a rumor about Max Makowski, director of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” being tapped to direct. Since then, mostly crickets. In July, THR’s Risky Business reported that The Dark Knight producer Charles Roven and his partners at Atlas Entertainment had acquired the rights and were pushing things forward, but nothing official has come out since. Until now.
The Hollywood Reporter published word today that UTA has signed on to represent U.S. rights-holder World Events Prods. This will include representation on several platforms, including television, video game and toy deals. Also as part of the deal, UTA is going to assist Atlas Entertainment and Jason Netter’s Kickstart Prods. with the development of a movie. They are said to be leading the search for a new writer:
Voltron also recently was set up as a feature with Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment and Jason Netter’s Kickstart Prods.; UTA is expected to help bring a writer aboard and begin shopping the project to studios.
Both UTA and the producers behind the film hope to harness a momentum similar to that of Transformers, which has been a big earner for Dreamworks, Paramount and Hasbro. As of today, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is the highest grossing film of 2009. But unlike Transformers, which is a property centered on the personable robot characters, Voltron is a story that centers on the human pilots of the large, cat-like machines. All of the folks behind the movie, including UTA, are hoping that a more human story will lead to even greater returns for the giant robot franchise once it does actually get off the ground.
Right now, the chances of us seeing a Voltron movie in theaters in the next few years are increasing with the involvement of UTA, who seems intent on getting a new writer and a studio attached to the project, but I wouldn’t go counting chickens just yet. A lot of other things have to line up before directors are signed, cameras are rented and actors are put in front of a green screen. For Voltron fans though, I suppose it’s good to know that the movie is still out there somewhere…
Are you interested in seeing Voltron make it to the big screen?