The producers behind “Get Smart” and “The International” (and Roven of course also produced “The Dark Knight) have acquired the rights to make a live-action feature based on the robot-lion property, pushing the project forward after several years in development with the Mark Gordon Company.
“Voltron,” a television hit in the 1980’s that has retained a loyal fan following, features a “Transformers”-like conceit, in which a band of five robot-lions combine to form one super lion. A group of five pilots control the lions, which are charged with defending the planet Arus from villain King Zarkon, who dispatches evil creatures called Robobeats to fight the Voltron robots.
Based on Japanese anime properties Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV, “Voltron” aired only for two years on U.S. television, in 1984 and 1985, when Japanese pop-culture had not yet penetrated the American mainstream.
But the title caught the same wave of interest that carried “Transformers,” “Gobots” and other mythic stories about shape-shifting robots, and also prompted a popular line of toys.
In the nearly 25 years since it went off the air, the property has remained a favorite in diverse communities, from the fanboy to the hip-hop worlds. “It’s undeniably impressive that Voltron has sustained itself globally for a quarter of a century,” Roven said.
Haha, yes. From the fanboy to the hip hop worlds. Voltron was the United Colors of Benetton of the mythic stories about shape-shifting robot-lions. Unlike Gobots, which was just a straight up shape-shifting robot minstrel show. Eroboracism.