Rawson Marshall Thurber, director of Netflix’s biggest hit Red Notice, is attached to a Voltron film that he will direct and co-write. The film will also be so-written by Ellen Shanman. The package has been available for about two weeks. Warner Bros., Universal, and Amazon are among the studios bidding to distribute the film. However, Netflix is not in the running according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Voltron will be produced by Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman. Bob Koplar, the CEO of World Events Production will also produce. WEP controls the Voltron property. Reportedly, a deal could come this weekend, with no idea of which studio will land the film.
Voltron was introduced to the states in the 80s. It is based on the Japanese sci-fi series Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV. Much like Power Rangers, the show was changed up slightly and dubbed over for its U.S. audience. World Events did it first with Voltron and then Power Rangers with Saban and Fox. The series is considered a cult hit and dominated airwaves for years. It’s been rebooted twice once for NickToons in 2011 and then Netflix in 2016.
There have been several attempts to launch a film for Voltron. In the early and mid-2000s artist, Pharrell Williams and Mark Gordon took a shot with New Regency. Then, Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer made an attempt with Relativity Media. Obviously, neither got off the ground. Universal’s animated studio Dreamworks even tried to launch an animated film.
Thurber, who’s done most of his work with Dwayne Johnson, may not have this as his next project, however. After a string of Johnson hits like Red Notice, Skyscraper, and Central Intelligence, Thurber will next shoot back-to-back sequels for Red Notice. Voltron is on his to-do list as the search for a studio continues.
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