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Relativity Options Live-Action Voltron Film Rights

posted on 2011-07-21 22:15 EDT
Relativity reportedly first negotiated in 2008, when New Regency passed on project

World Events Productions (WEP) announced at its Comic-Con International panel on Thursday that Relativity Media optioned the rights to make a live-action film adaptation of the Voltron animated series. Atlus Productions is also involved.

WEP adapted the 1984-1985 television series from two Toei Animation robot anime: King of Beasts Golion (pictured at right) and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. Both Golion and the first Voltron story centered on young pilots who fight against an empire of alien conquerors — with the help of five mechanized lions that combine to form a robot.

New Regency, a 20th Century Fox-based production company, once negotiated with WEP and the Mark Gordon Company for the live-action Voltron rights in 2007. However, New Regency never actually signed a deal, and other companies were allowed to negotiate for the rights. WEP said in a 2008 lawsuit that New Regency discovered that former Toei character designer Kazuo Nakamura "may possess rights" related to Golion and thus the first Voltron series.

At the time that New Regency dropped the project in 2008, the Variety entertainment news source reported that Relativity Media was negotiating to pick up the project.

Image © World Events Productions, © Toei


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