Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media is in talks to pick up film rights to the giant robot anime series Voltron: Defender of the Universe, which was put into turnaround at 20th Century Fox’s New Regency. According to Daily Variety, Relativity would knock down the budget by shooting the pic on green screen and relying extensively on digital effects a la 300 and Sin City. Mark Gordon and Jordan Wynn are still on board to produce the action-packed sci-fi thriller through The Mark Gordon Co.
The Voltron script is being written by Justin Marks, who is adapting He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and penning the Green Arrow movie, Supermax, for Warner Bros. He has also been tapped to script an adaptation of the Street Fighter video game for Hyde Park and 20th Century Fox. Marks’ Voltron treatment reportedly takes place in post-apocalyptic New York City and Mexico as five survivors of an alien invasion take control of lion-shaped robots in order to strike back at the extraterrestrial threat.
The Mark Gordon Co. recently produced Roland Emmerich’s tepidly received prehistoric action drama 10,000 B.C., which Warner Bros. released over the summer. The company must have higher expectations for Voltron, given the phenomenal success of DreamWorks/Paramount’s Transformers. An other big robot cartoon from the 1980s, Robotech, has been snatched up by Warner Bros.