Rumors of a live-action film revival for Voltron have been around for a while. In fact, just back in June, premature reports of the project's demise were debunked, and it was revealed that the film, titled Voltron: Defender of the Universe was back on track for a 3D release for Summer 2013. After that news simmered for a few months, it seems that some stunning concept art has shown up over at JoBlo. For those of you who were worried about yet another case of retro-80's revivals leaving even more "raped childhoods," you may want to take a look at these pics. The classic look of everyone's favorite giant robot lions segmented into a giant anthropomorphic swordsman has retained its signature elements with a ton of additional badd-assery. (See pics below.)
A little over a year ago, a group of producers from Atlas Entertainment came together to acquire the rights to the Voltron franchise. After some switch-ups with the proposed creative teams, the current plan is to go with a script from writing duo Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. Their names are currently attached to scripts for many prominent upcoming projects like the Conan reboot, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, and Marvel's Dr. Strange. Right now, after a few years of lallygagging, it seems that the project is finally on track.
(For Hi-Res versions, check it out on JoBlo.)
I can't tell if the left arm lion is trying to rip the head off an off-screen monster, or trying to use the Statue of Libery as a chew toy, but either way, it look spectacular.
Poor New York. It seems as of late, it's taking more fictionalized beatings from giant monsters than ever. Don't we think Tokyo's getting cocky at this point, guys?
It will be interesting to see how closely the film will follow this art direction, but it's definitely promising. The inevitable comparison to the Transformers film franchise will obviously be made, but it seems to me that Voltron will have no problem distinguishing itself. While it won't have the benefit of Megan Fox bending over for gratuitous ass shots (well, technically, neither will Transformers 3,) it does have the advantage in the realm of possibilities. Besides the organic, gritty look we see here, Voltron will be taking the mega-battles to space, giving it a much larger canvas for a more well-rounded film.
Now that we've been provided some visual aids, does Voltron have your geek adrenaline flowing?