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Voltron Live-Action Nearing Deal, Tokyopop Shops Films

posted on 2007-08-10 10:30 EDT
New Regency close to Voltron deal while Tokyopop looks for suitors for its titles

The Variety entertainment industry paper reports that New Regency, a 20th Century Fox-based production company, is nearing a deal with the Mark Gordon Co. on a live-action adaptation of the Voltron animated television series. Voltron was the 1984-1985 American adaptation of the King of Beasts Golion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV robot anime series. Justin Marks wrote a script which resets the Golion-based Lion Voltron story in post-apocalyptic New York City and Mexico after an alien invasion. Mark Gordon, Lawrence Inglee, and Jordan Wynn will produce if the film is greenlit. Marks is also adapting He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Green Arrow, and Street Fighter.

Variety also reported last week on Tokyopop Pictures, the company established by manga publisher Tokyopop to produce film adaptations of its licensed and in-house titles. The new venture is shepherding plans for Lament of the Lamb and Princess Ai, partly out of concern that previous film attempts such as Screen Gems' Priest have stalled with other partners. Other titles with shelved or ongoing adaptation plans include East Coast Rising at Starz, Pet Shop of Horrors at Focus Features' Rogue Pictures, Riding Shotgun at Tokyopop Pictures, and I Love Halloween at Tokyopop Pictures. Tokyopop announced last week that it signed a deal with the William Morris Agency, a company that represents creative clients and talents in Hollywood and other industries.

Thank you to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

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