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08.18.2008

I was a Transformers nerd as a kid. I had no room for GoBots, Robotech or Voltron. I was monogamous with Optimus Prime so I'm not itching with excitement over the VOLTRON movie. But for those who love lion-based robots, the film was put into turnaround by Fox-based New Regency (JUMPER, MIRRORS), which would normally be bad news. But the good news is that Relativity Media (DEATH RACE, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS) is in talks to pick up and finance the project though on a much smaller scale. Word is that they plan on slashing the budget by using the now-popular 300-style of filming (heavy green-screen). Justin Marks (HE-MAN) wrote the latest version of the draft that follows five survivors of an alien invasion who find and man lion-shaped robots to help fight off the aliens. I can just hear the pitch now: "It's TRANSFORMERS meets CLOVERFIELD meets INDEPENDENCE DAY!" What's your take? Can Voltron work on a smaller budget? Can Voltron work, period? Is a GoBots movie far off?

Extra Tidbit: My parents accidentally got me GoBots one Christmas and I was SO bummed.
Source: Variety

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1:53AM on 08/19/2008

Why not?

Man, I loved this show as a kid and I hope they hire a decent director for the movie. Yes, its not as well known as transformers and the premise might be even a little more far-fetched but I don't think that hurts its ability to be adapted into a good film.

Example: Daredevil, in my mind is an infinitely more intriguing character than Hellboy and has a much larger fanbase. However look at how their movies turned out. Hellboy II is one of the most praised movies of the Summer (it currently
Man, I loved this show as a kid and I hope they hire a decent director for the movie. Yes, its not as well known as transformers and the premise might be even a little more far-fetched but I don't think that hurts its ability to be adapted into a good film.

Example: Daredevil, in my mind is an infinitely more intriguing character than Hellboy and has a much larger fanbase. However look at how their movies turned out. Hellboy II is one of the most praised movies of the Summer (it currently holds an 88% at Rotten Tomatoes) and it begins with a pre-teen devil being told a bed time story illustrated by CGI puppets.

If you can make a decent movie with that sort of premise than why not Voltron? The series actually has a pretty deep plot and better character development than most of its contemporaries. If they get the right talent involved (Maybe Davide Slade, Louis Leterrier, or Alex Proyas) there's no reason why it couldn't work.
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7:22PM on 08/18/2008
No Michael Bay? Then it can't possibly be worse than the humanitarian travesty that was Transformers.

I thought Voltron was a more interesting show than Transformers when I was a kid. Maybe a 6 on a scale to 10, as opposed to a 1. What they need to do, is make Silverhawks, Thundercats, or Bucky O'Hare into a movie. I'm flexible.
No Michael Bay? Then it can't possibly be worse than the humanitarian travesty that was Transformers.

I thought Voltron was a more interesting show than Transformers when I was a kid. Maybe a 6 on a scale to 10, as opposed to a 1. What they need to do, is make Silverhawks, Thundercats, or Bucky O'Hare into a movie. I'm flexible.
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5:51PM on 08/18/2008

ehhh

If it was to be descent..it need some major cash....but in the style of 300 it might be kinda cool. As long as i's a lil violant...and i see some rowbeasts get their heads cut off.

Wants the american version HEAVLY edited?
If it was to be descent..it need some major cash....but in the style of 300 it might be kinda cool. As long as i's a lil violant...and i see some rowbeasts get their heads cut off.

Wants the american version HEAVLY edited?
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5:10PM on 08/18/2008
i loved Transformers, Robotech and Voltron, seeing as how Transformers was the American one out of the 3 and most recognizable, it was made as a movie first, and out of the other 2, Robotech would be a better movie by far. Voltron was great as a kid and as a cartoon, but i dont see it working as a film.

SouthernSolomon, other than throwing out the tights and trying to make the suits look all bulky, Power Rangers was the sh@t. "dont mess with the Ooze"
i loved Transformers, Robotech and Voltron, seeing as how Transformers was the American one out of the 3 and most recognizable, it was made as a movie first, and out of the other 2, Robotech would be a better movie by far. Voltron was great as a kid and as a cartoon, but i dont see it working as a film.

SouthernSolomon, other than throwing out the tights and trying to make the suits look all bulky, Power Rangers was the sh@t. "dont mess with the Ooze"
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2:59PM on 08/18/2008

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Power Rangers was friggin incredible.
Power Rangers was friggin incredible.
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2:59PM on 08/18/2008

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Power Rangers was friggin incredible.
Power Rangers was friggin incredible.
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2:10PM on 08/18/2008

Here's what about Voltron...

WHO THE EFF CARES??!!
WHO THE EFF CARES??!!
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2:02PM on 08/18/2008
isn't Voltron the cartoon ancester of Power Rangers? Did Power Rangers "work" as a movie? Okay then...
isn't Voltron the cartoon ancester of Power Rangers? Did Power Rangers "work" as a movie? Okay then...
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1:58PM on 08/18/2008
I never even knew anything about Voltron until your brief overview, and I gotta say, it really sounds stupid. I don't care what kind of budget it gets, it seems like an all-around bad idea.
I never even knew anything about Voltron until your brief overview, and I gotta say, it really sounds stupid. I don't care what kind of budget it gets, it seems like an all-around bad idea.
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1:58PM on 08/18/2008

silly

This would just be plain silly!
This would just be plain silly!
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11:37AM on 08/18/2008
as a kid i actually enjoyed voltron. but i just dont see this happening as a good movie.

but hopefully ill be wrong.
as a kid i actually enjoyed voltron. but i just dont see this happening as a good movie.

but hopefully ill be wrong.
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11:20AM on 08/18/2008
Ohhhh Voltron is so fuckin old, i totally forgot about it, until you came up with this topic.
Ohhhh Voltron is so fuckin old, i totally forgot about it, until you came up with this topic.
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10:03AM on 08/18/2008
You know, if it really turns out be as Transformers meet Cloverfield meets Independence Day like you said, it's gonna be awesome. Have to wait and see.
You know, if it really turns out be as Transformers meet Cloverfield meets Independence Day like you said, it's gonna be awesome. Have to wait and see.
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10:01AM on 08/18/2008
Okay, clearly there are a few problems.
1) The studio seems to think people will see it solely because it's called VOLTRON. Allowing them to jack up the story to their hearts content.
2) This better not be longer than 90 minutes. Speed Racer.... painfully long....
Okay, clearly there are a few problems.
1) The studio seems to think people will see it solely because it's called VOLTRON. Allowing them to jack up the story to their hearts content.
2) This better not be longer than 90 minutes. Speed Racer.... painfully long....
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8:42AM on 08/18/2008
This is just going to be another speed racer. This movie has no hope to do well.
This is just going to be another speed racer. This movie has no hope to do well.
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8:39AM on 08/18/2008
[link] were better, but I was a Robotech freak myself. Yeah it was stupid; with the whole "singing to soothe the savage beast" angle, but man those ships ruled!
[link] were better, but I was a Robotech freak myself. Yeah it was stupid; with the whole "singing to soothe the savage beast" angle, but man those ships ruled!
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8:21AM on 08/18/2008
Glad to see that this is moving along! I actually enjoyed the storyline!
Glad to see that this is moving along! I actually enjoyed the storyline!
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