‘Voltron’ Live-Action Film From ‘Red Notice’ Director Launches Studio Bidding War

The lions of Voltron are finally set to come together in a live-action feature film. According to THR, Red Notice director Rawson Marshall Thurber is set to direct and co-write a Voltron film, and already a bidding war has broken out among multiple studios who have seen the sizzle reel he sent out.

Oddly enough, Netflix is not part of this bidding war. Strange considering they were the home for Thurber’s hugely successful Red Notice, as well as the animated Voltron: Legendary Defender series.  Those who are up for the Voltron project are Warner Bros., Universal, and Amazon.

Thurber will not only direct Voltron but co-write the script with Ellen Shanman. He’s also involved with a Dungeons & Dragons series, arriving around the same time as a feature film starring Chris Pine.

Voltron, which follows five young pilots of mechanized lions that combine to form the titular mega-robot, was a wildly popular syndicated cartoon in the 1980s, spawning toys, books, comics, video games, and more. Attempts to adapt it into a movie have been going on for more than a decade, so it’s probably wise not to get too excited until it finds a studio and begins casting some stars.

Given that Thurber has worked with Dwayne Johnson on Red Notice, Central Intelligence, and Skyscraper, the latter is bound to be part of this. Right?

Travis Hopson
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