What does it take to make Voltron? Five robot lions have to join together. What does it take to make a Voltron movie? Just do a new cartoon first. When we reported earlier this week that the producers of Voltron were developing a new animated series, we passed on that they were doing that instead of a live-action movie. It turns out, Voltron still has his sights on the big screen.
Speaking with MTV News, Voltron producers Richard Suckle and Ted Koplar cleared up their plans. Suckle thinks they could have a Voltron movie in theaters by 2013, two years after the new show starts airing. The movie could be in 3-D, too.
"It's not like we're doing anything far different from the source material, other than to make it a character-driven film," Suckle told MTV. "The effects, the 3-D, the eye candy is the easy part. It's got to be a movie that has really dynamic, interesting characters and a really strong narrative. You know the eye candy is going to be there, because it's part of the fabric of the original material."
So what's the story of the movie going to be? It better have something to do with five lion robots turning into an even bigger robot. "As much as it has a very strong robot element, this is a movie and a franchise driven by characters," Suckle said. "These five people some [way] or another are a representation of all of us. It's really about how you have five different personalities working together in order to come together as Voltron."
At least it's not like Transformers, where they have to add a human kid to explain the robots to the audience. Voltron already had five kids. "The whole show is about teamwork, about a group of kids with various backgrounds who learn that the only way they'll succeed is through the positive parts of each one's background and bringing it together to make the robot work," Koplar said.
Right now the producers are talking to major screenwriters about the film version. "The story's been the critical part," Koplar told MTV. "That we come in with the right message for both the new generation and for the old generation. We've had some takes, but I think we're getting close."
Suckle added, "As a matter of fact, we've been working over the last several months meeting with various screenwriters, and we're actually on the cusp of securing an A-level screenwriter who's going to write the Voltron movie. That's all part of the plan here: reintroducing the brand to the fans who've watched over the last 25 years and to a new generation. We are very close to securing a screenwriter who's going to actually write the feature version, so that's always been part of the plan."
As for directors, Koplar and Suckle are already taking requests from fanboys who want a shot at making their own Voltron movie. "We've had a lot of inquiries, because there are a lot of fans who grew up with the show and see the potential like we do," Suckle said. "It would be premature for me to name any names."
The Nicktoons series Voltron Force is intended to set up the big-screen blockbuster. "The movie has always been and still is the locomotive that's driving our thinking," Koplar said. "All this serves as a staging platform for the motion picture."