live-action voltron movie in the works

One of my favorite cartoons from the 1980s, Voltron, is getting the big screen Hollywood adaptation treatment. You know -- five robot-lions, commanded by a fearless team of space explorers, combine to form Voltron, Defender of the Universe: Japanese cult hit "Voltron" heads to big screen.

Atlas Entertainment partners Richard Suckle and Steve Alexander, the producers behind Get Smart and The International have acquired the rights to make a live-action feature out of Voltron.

Is anyone really surprised by this? Giant, fighting robots -- as well as nostalgia for all things '80s -- are super hot right now. When a movie like Transformers makes a gajillion dollars at the box office, you know studios will be looking for a property to capture lightning in a bottle again. We know someone's already working on a Robotech movie. Voltron seems pretty ideal.

Atlas acquired the rights from World Events Prods., a St. Louis-based company that distributed the TV adaptation in the United States. The family-owned firm never made a feature from the title but did reboot an animated series in the 1990s.

While it's really too early to tell if a live-action Voltron movie is going to be any good, I am really looking forward to seeing five giant robot lions kicking ass, then combining to form Voltron to kick more ass, then finally forming Blazing Sword to kick ass once and for all.

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