Voltron Wiki

A live-action Voltron film has been churning through Hollywood for more than a decade. This page tracks the status and news updates.

Current status: Universal has the film rights and is doing some exploratory development, but has not committed to making it.

News (Newest First)

Aug 2011

  • Looks like the writing duo of Josh Oppenheimer & Thomas Dean Donnelly are working on the story and/or screenplay in some capacity.[1]

July 2011

  • SDCC panel says no director or release date yet.[2]
  • A story at Variety gives new firm details[3]:
    • Relativity Media (studio) and Atlas Entertainment (production company)
    • Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to write
    • Charles Roven and Richard Suckle (Atlas) and Jason Netter (Kickstart Entertainment) to produce
    • Ted Koplar of WEP as executive producer

March 2011

  • Vulture reports that a bidding war has broken out over the rights for Voltron. Previous rights-holder Relativity Media is supposedly interested again (would that mean Justin Marks' script is in play again?). Does this mean Atlas Entertainment is out?[4]

July 2009

  • Producers Charles Roven, Richard Suckle and Steve Alexander have acquired the rights for Atlas Entertainment. It's likely that the scriptwriter Justin Marks and director Max Makowski will no longer be involved, and Marks' finished script will not be used.[5]

August 2008

  • The title has been set as "Voltron: Defender of the Universe". Relativity Media entered negotiations with New Regency to finance and produce the film, though on a more moderate budget, utilizing cost-saving CGI techniques such as those used in 300.[6]
  • Relativity Media acquired the rights from 20th Century Fox. Max Makowski is slated to direct.[7]

August 2007

  • The production entity New Regency entered negotiations with Mark Gordon Co. to adapt Voltron. Interest in the property heightened after the box office success of Transformers, another film involving robots. Marks's script was described as "a post-apocalyptic tale set in New York City... [in which] five ragtag survivors of an alien attack band together and end up piloting the five lion-shaped robots that combine and form the massive sword-wielding Voltron that helps battle Earth's invaders."[8]

June 2007

  • Latino Review claims to have a copy of the script (draft date: 05/23/07), and the reviewer gave it an "A+".[9]

October 2006

  • Justin Marks completed a script for producer Mark Gordon.[10]

July 2005

  • In July 2005, producer Mark Gordon announced a collaboration with producer Pharrell Williams as well as producers Mark Costa and Frank Oelman to make a live-action film adaptation of the franchise. Pharrell Williams was also reported to score the film.[11]


  1. http://www.shockya.com/news/2011/08/18/interview-joshua-oppenheimer-talks-conan-the-barbarian-and-voltron-script/
  2. Comic-Con 2011: 'Voltron' feature film on the way!
  3. Relativity, Atlas charge up 'Voltron'
  4. A Bidding War Breaks Out to Finally Make a Big-Budget Voltron, by Claude Brodesser-Akner, Vulture, published 3/8/11 at 12:50 AM, retrieved same day
  5. Producers of The Dark Knight and The International Reform Voltron by Peter Sciretta, SlashFilm, published 2009-07-19, last access 2009-11-28
  6. Some action on the "Voltron" movie, Cinecon.com, published 2008-08-18, last access 2009-11-28
  7. Max Makowski to Direct Voltron by Hunter Stephenson, SlashFilm, published 2008-08-28, last access 2009-11-28
  8. The project's development has been funded by Jim Young's Animus Films for the last 3 years.'Voltron' gets bigscreen go by Marc Graser, Variety, published 2007-08-09, last access 2009-11-28
  9. Script Reviews: Voltron: Defender of the Universe by El Mayimbe, Latino Review, published 2007-06-16, last accessed 2009-11-28
  10. 'Street Fighter' packs Hyde Park punch by Pamela McClintock & Nicole Laporte, Variety, published 2006-10-29, last access 2009-11-28
  11. Voltron Targets Hollywood by Stax, IGN, published 2005-07-26, last access 2006-12-29