Amazon in talks to acquire live-action Voltron movie

It was reported last month that Red Notice director Rawson Marshall Thurber was developing a live-action adaptation of the iconic anime series, Voltron. Various studios and streaming services were in the running for the Voltron movie, including Warner Bros., Universal, and Amazon. Well, it appears that Amazon has come out the winner as the streaming service is in negotiations to acquire the project.

The basic premise of Voltron is centered around five young pilots whose vehicles join together to form the mega mech known as Voltron. The show was edited together from several Japanese anime series, including Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV, and originally ran in the mid-80s. Voltron went on to spawn several sequel series, including Voltron: Legendary Defender, which spanned eight seasons on Netflix.

Rawson Marshall Thurber will direct the Voltron movie for Amazon, and he also came up with the story, which he will co-write alongside Ellen Shanman. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman will produce along with Bob Koplar, the head of World Events Productions, owner of the Voltron IP. Hollywood has been trying to develop a Voltron movie for many years, so fingers crossed this one actually makes it across the finish line.

It’s not certain whether the live-action Voltron movie will be Thurber’s next project. He’s also got two Red Notice sequels in development for Netflix, which he’s planning on writing and shooting back-to-back, so it would be some time before he gets started. The first movie starred Dwayne Johnson as John Hartley, an FBI profiler who is forced to partner with the world’s greatest art thief (Ryan Reynolds) to track down the world’s most wanted art thief (Gal Gadot). The first film has become Netflix’s biggest original movie of all time, so the streaming service was obviously eager to get the ball rolling on more sequels.

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