After the billion dollar, international success of the first two Transformers films, it seems like a no-brainer that Hollywood would jump on an adaptation of the cult 1980s TV show Voltron. It too has large robots getting into big battles, plus it’s got strong themes of friendship and teamwork. For years, we’ve heard about scripts that are flying around town, seen concept art from the films (such as above thanks to Joblo) and much more. Now, we’re hearing that a bidding war for the finally red-tape free rights to the franchise is heating up, lead by Relativity Media. There’s a new cartoon set to premiere and, if all goes well, there might be a movie within two to three years. Read more after the break. Read More »

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New Concept Art from A Possible ‘Voltron’ Movie

In the off again, on again relationship between Hollywood and Voltron, it seems the film might actually be on again. A pair of awesome concept images have just surfaced attached to an upcoming pitch by Atlas Entertainment. Screenwriters Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune) are reportedly part of the deal and if these images are any indication, it seems like they are certainly on the right track. Enough stalling, hit the jump to check out the pics. Read More »

Cool Stuff: Plastic Heroes T-Shirt

Teefury’s T-shirt of the day is a design titled Plastic Heroes created by Nova Scotia-based artist PowerPig. The design should bring back memories for anyone who played with action figures growing up in the 1980’s. A note from the artist:

Today’s toys are super detailed and super articulated, and that’s cool. Still, they’ll never come close to the awesome action figures we had when we were young. This design is a tribute to the toys that defined a decade, which for many of us are now abandoned, broken, or simply lost to time

Priced at only $9, the tee will only be available on Wednesday, September 1st 2010. So act fast! Hit the jump to see the full tee design in higher resolution.
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Last month, it was reported that John August was in talks with Dreamworks to pen a big screen adaptation of the Monsterpocalypse board game which has been described as “part strategy, part Kaiju Big Battel, and part Rampage!, all played out with miniatures on a tabletop.” At the time, it was speculated that the involvement of Burton’s regular collaborator might mean that Tim Burton was developing the project to direct. We now have a confirmation and more information on the project.

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Live-Action Voltron Movie Still In Development

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Earlier this week, it was announced that the live-action Voltron movie was officially dead, and that the giant robot franchise would instead re-appear on television, via a Nicktoons show called Voltron Force. We’ve known about this Television show for a while; so we thought this was strange news. Turns out it wasn’t exactly true.

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Voltron

We’ve reported over the past couple years that Transformers had seemingly created enough giant robot movie momentum that Voltron, the Americanized edit of a 1981 Japanese animated series in which robot lions form a giant super-robot, would get a movie of its own.

That’s no longer the case which, given the quality of the Transformers films, might not be a bad thing at all. Read More »

Cool Stuff: Vitruvian Voltron T-Shirt

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What if Leonardo Da Vinci had designed five robot tigers that would combine to form a giant futuristic bad ass fighting machine, the design might look a lot like this t-shirt. ThinkGeek is selling the Vitruvian Voltron t-shirt, which features da Vinci-esque drawings printed all over the front (but not the back… the back is plain) of a sand-colored, 100% cotton t-shirt.

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Atlas Entertainment is developing a live-action Voltron movie. Producers Charles Roven (The Dark Knight), Richard Suckle (The International) and Steve Alexander have acquired the rights to make a film based on the Japanese anime property after several years in development at various production companies.

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