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'It's a lion! It's huge!' See Concept Art For A Proposed VOLTRON Movie!!

Merrick here...
The folks over at JoBlo have two pieces of mighty impressive concept art for the long-rumored, sometimes-in-development VOLTRON movie. Click the sample below to jump to JoBlo to see both pics via embiggenable versions.
If I'm understanding the concept directly, this art is actually part of pitch process aimed at getting the full-blown movie up and running. Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (SAHARA, the forthcoming CONAN movie) are said to be scripters on the project for the moment. Remember when some folks thought CLOVERFIELD was actually a VOLTRON film in disguise?
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  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    What on earth is Voltron?

    by TomHooligan

    Are they like transformers or something?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by Charlie & Tex

    ...interesting, but will have to do something pretty damn impressive to follow recent similiar films.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Could be cool...

    by HapaPapa72

    Or it could be Transformers.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    its my cock

    by MamboMan

    it's huge!!!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Ha, Loved The Cloverfield Confusion

    by Crow3711

    Well played. Those people were so stupid. And it went on for fucking MONTHS.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Loved the Voltron cartoon as a kid...

    by Cletus Van Damme

    I hope they do it justice.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Add some colors to those

    by jimmy_009

    Wouldn't take much, but it's too drab as is.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    W I C K E D

    by Sluggolicious

    It's certainly time the Voltron mythos got its due! I'd prefer if they kept an entiely alien setting and feel, but the art seems to imply a story where Voltron's compelled to visit earth (much like the awful TF series).

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Could be awesome

    by UGG

    anything ginormous fills me with awe, especially giant monster movies, and we ain't had a good one for years. Also any news on that Gaiking movie?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by iwontwin

    have fun being in the robots anus

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    12 cars or 5 lions

    by Spiritual_Machine2005

    I seem to remember there were two Voltrons: one made of five lions and on made of 12 cars. The five lions always seemed cooler to me as a kid. Its been awhile though.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Basically Votron causes 9/11 part 2?

    by iwontwin

    how many times does NYC have to be exploded?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Rather see Robotech.

    by Sailor Rip

    Wasn't Toby Mcguire supposed to be producing that or something.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    STick to classic design

    by hallmitchell

    That's why it's classic.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Whoa it looks nothing like the cartoon. Exciting

    by Orionsangels

    They've gone for that pointy rusty metallic look, ala Megatron in the Transformers movies. Because we're the writers and director. We can improve your childhood memories, by making everything the opposite of what made it cool.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    I understand protecting exclusives

    by gotilk

    but put your fucking site name, logo, url, whatever.. over in the corner at the bottom you insufferable fucking douchebags. No-one out there with half an ounce of integrity would cut your name off the image and re-post. Especially if you typed "exclusive" next to it. This site name over the whole picture thing is getting old. But... cool images.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    It's a Lion!!

    by CigsandCoffee56

    Totally loved reading that title. I was one of many that spent so much time going through that first teaser of Cloverfield. Frame by frame, studying the audio. Can't say I was one that thought it was "Lion" but I still loved all the mystery. I will always wish it was actually about Cthulu though.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    on Earth?

    by spidercoz

    fuck that

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Good with just the concept art. Cool art. No desire

    by UltraTron

    to see it move. Zack Synder's Robotech with all female bridge please, thankyou.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Don't remember the Cloverfield confusion...

    by Ronald Raygun

    I do remember when a bunch of people (apparently as a joke) said the mysterious Cloverfield trailer was for a Cthulhu movie, and I went around like a moron repeating this to everyone as fact.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Should have made this instead of Transformers

    by Bass Ackwards

    Transformers seems to show studios aren't willing to greenlight a big fx project where the robots are actually the main characters, should have just done this one instead, get the giant robot action and the studios can be happy with their Shia LeBoufs or whomever being the pilots/stars.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Voltron should look like a barocca robot

    by the Green Gargantua

    Ornate with lots of gulding. Sort of like Lynch'e DUNE and the story should be a space opera, not in New York. I read this script it SUCKS.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST


    by the Green Gargantua

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by the Green Gargantua

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:58 p.m. CST

    "When some folks thought Cloverfield was actually Voltron"

    by Mono

    Yeah, I read that on AICN!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    could be an epic space opera

    by spidercoz

    totally agree there, but apparently George Lucas killed that genre

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    that'd make a cool desktop

    by Saint Andeol

    if not for the giant fuck-ugly JOBLO.COM across the middle. is there a version of the pic that doesn't have this?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    It was Cthulu if you want it to be. One of what I like

    by UltraTron

    to call them figure it the fuck out yourself movies. It's all area formally know as central park indicating Cthulu could not be killed and perhaps destroyed the whole world as we knew it. It was seen in the film getting bombed with shock n awe bombs to no effect.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Dammit, they Michael-Bay-ified Voltron!

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    I miss my blocky, 1980's anime tech.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    The Voltron 'Mythos'?

    by savagedave


  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Looks a little to close to the Bayformer's design

    by Knightsong

    Not a fan of it being on Earth, and Voltron's design needs work. You can do just about anything you want with a Robeast, but Voltron has a style. Looks too much like Megatron from Bayformers.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Cthulu vs Yuppies

    by savagedave

    If only

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST


    by dopepope

    has no business being any part of a Voltron Movie. How lazy are they to not set this film on planet Arus and base this movie in the universe that has been created for it in the source material. What the hell do we need it to take place in New York? And why do the Lions look like emaciated house cats? This is beautifully rendered concept art full of awful concepts.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST


    by Dead_Geek

    Transformers 4!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Too bad it doesn't look a thing like Voltron.

    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST


    by The Marquis de Side 3

    It was set on an alien planet.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    I was a Voltron fan growing up

    by SirBiatchReturns

    but honestly, Transformers the movie makes Voltron irrelevant.<p>Now if someone can only adapt "Centurions"...

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    ~~~ Voltron vs The Cloverfield Monster ~~~

    by The Marquis de Side 3

    so there WAS a connection after all according to these pics. :oP

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST




  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    I like the overall look of it

    by lv_426

    Could be cool if it retains this feel and atmosphere in the final film, and most importantly has a good script. Transformers films were kinda a waste of all that tech and action because the writing was just not that good.<P>It has been awhile since I've seen or been involved with anything Voltron, but when I was a wee lad I was a fan of the cartoon and had the toys. I don't recall if they ever set any of the stories on Earth or not. It has been such along time. Either way, setting it on Earth makes it feel like it is trying to be Transformers' bastard brother. Seems like it might be a wiser choice to set it on alien worlds instead so they can distance Voltron from the Transformers in the audience's eyes.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    spidercoz - Lucas killed Space Opera????

    by lv_426

    Well, there was a little film called Avatar that did okay at the box office last winter. It could technically fall under the sub-genre of "space opera" (technically it is more of a planetary romance, but no one uses that term anymore so space opera works).<P>So I'd say space opera films can stick around for a while.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Serenity killed Space Opera. God, that movie sucked.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    It's a fucking Lion!

    by biscuithead

    Or a Zoid. Anyone remember Zoids? Those wind up robot animals you had to build yourself?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    They almost NEVER stick with classic designs

    by rev_skarekroe

    And the new designs almost always suck. See: Godzilla '98, Bay's Transformers, the unused costumes for Burton's Superman, etc.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST


    by henrydalton


  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    This is bullshit

    by entrafis666

    First Hollywood pisses all over the Transformers,and based on these designs, they plan to do the same to Voltron. Pricks.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST

    how do you dumb down a fucking cartoon?

    by antonphd

    that's what i want to know. how the fuck did hollywood decide that the saturday morning transformers cartoon was too difficult to understand for moviegoers?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Is made from house cats?

    by Jotham

    WTF? It looks more like a giant robotic calico than a lion. Look out, Fluffy looks pissed!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    i loved voltron as a kid... but it's been done already

    by antonphd

    it was called The Power Rangers Movie.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    That cat design looks too much like...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...the evil robot dogs from the RIFTS role-playing game:<p>

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    now thundercats would be cool

    by antonphd

    Avatar proves you can do 3d cat people cool. imagine cheetarah in 3d. you can start counting your money already.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Voltron Is A Silly Project

    by Media Messiah

    And there has been no forward progress since? Among its many lists of faults is the following. Rapper/singer Pharrell Williams was listed as producer of the film (with no background in film to guide him), and its script sounded like a mess, having no resemblance to the cartoon, other than the robots and some character names? I think it, the whole project, is a silly idea at best--as it is proposed, based upon very weak source material. Could it make money? Years, but if I was to rework it, I would make it as its source material would suggest, I would fashion it to be like Star Wars--as the show was a messy rip-off of Star Wars, to begin with.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    looks like...

    by torpedoboy skinned lab cat from high school.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, and fuck Volton. Gimme Robotech instead.

    by Royston Lodge

    I'd much rather see some Robotech movies based on the Jack McKinney Macross Saga novels. The novels had lots of neat extra details that weren't in the tv show, like the first expedition inside the crashed SDF-1.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Amended: Voltron Is A Silly Project--I'm Sleepy Okay!

    by Media Messiah

    This movie, spurred on by the Tranformers success, has been in development for years, and there has been no forward progress...since it was announced? Among its many lists of faults is the following: Rapper/singer Pharrell Williams was listed as producer of the film (with no background in film to guide him), and its script sounded like a mess, having no resemblance to the cartoon, other than the robots and some character names? I think it, the whole project, is a silly idea at best--as it is proposed, based upon very weak source material. Could it make money? Yes, but if I was to rework it, I would make its source material would suggest, I would fashion it to be like Star Wars--as the show was a messy rip-off of Star Wars, to begin with.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Tron vs. Voltron

    by cookylamoo

    Only one can rule!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    They have legal problems with ROBOTECH

    by the Green Gargantua

    for MACROSS

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Hope that means we will see MOSPEDA 1st

    by the Green Gargantua

    that would be amazing. The Invid could be so badass.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Love the idea of a malfunctioning Cyclone suit

    by the Green Gargantua

    Ripping a guy in half when attempting motorcycle to armor mode. BRUTAL

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    loved voltron but...

    by solitaire

    I'd kill for a live action Galaxy Rangers...with no goddamned molded black suits, only the old blue and whites, thakyouverymuch

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    form feet and legs!

    by spidercoz

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    form arms and body!

    by spidercoz

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    and I'll form...the HEAD!

    by spidercoz

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Looks like Bayformers to me...

    by ganymede3010

    Looks like the un-coagulated designs are here to stay.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    What...the HELL?

    by Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    That shit looks fucking ridiculous. I kinda dig the Robeast design but voltron itself looks like absolute shit. When I saw the Voltron thumbnail I thought that pic was of another robeast but it when I blew it up it was fucking Voltron. ARE YOU SERIOUS?!! And the red lion can't connect to Voltron's shoulder by flying to the connection spot, it needs something physically pull itself up on? Whoever came up with that idea is a retard. I sincerely hope that if this thing gets made, the producers will ditch the Bayformers wannabe designs for Voltron & the lions and try to come up with something that actually respects the source material. NO I am not suggesting they do a 1 to 1 conversion of the original designs in CGI. But you can't tell me that what we've just seen is "the best anyone can do and whoever doesn't get behind that idea is a fanboy loser". Remember that Gaiking concept trailer? Whether that was real or not, it was an awesome direction to take the material, it just needed a little more color if I remember correctly. THAT is what Voltron's design philosophy should be. Anyone who says "there's no way that will work for Voltron" is INSANE. No one's said that yet and hopefully no one in this Talkback will, hopefully. I'm praying whoever helms this thing actually gives the show a good watch, and not freak out over aspects of the source material or overanalyze and make poor adaptation decisions based on that. And base the music off the original score please. The show may be kinda cheezy but the score is badass. Be nice if Robert Rodriguez ends up helming this. I think he'd kick ass with it.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Solving the legal problems is a Robotech movie litmus test

    by Royston Lodge

    I think solving the legal problems surrounding Macross should be seen as a litmus test for predicting if the Robotech movie will be any good.<p> Considering the amount of money it would require to produce a GOOD Robotech movie, if they go ahead and make one without any of the elements from Macross it shows that they are more interested in throwing together something quick and cheap than they are in making the proverbial "good" live-action Robotech movie.<p> If, on the other hand, their goal is to make the best possible live-action Robotech movie, then resolving the legal problems should really be one of the least complicated parts of the process.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Not gonna happen

    by KilliK

    and if it will eventually happen,they will probably hire Bay to direct it.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    the best transforming robot was from STAR FLEET

    by savagedave

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Too bad that Gatchaman movie went belly up!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    I blame Americans for that failure! Why? Because of Astroboy failing here!<p>Americans have been riding Pixar nuts since day one and they refuse to give other toons the same look!<p>I watchA stroboy and guess what, it was freaking great!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Transformers: Revenge of the Voltron

    by Darth_Inedible


  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Another stab at some conception of realism.

    by NotEnoughBiehn

    Because machines in the real world never have their internal mechanisms and structures covered by a colorful exterior. And they're never boxy, always spiny/flangey. <p>The red lion looks like it has some kind of disability or is geriatric. Looks pitiable.</p>

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    It's gonna be another CGI crapfest

    by elsewhere

    just like Transformers. No thanks.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST

    All in all, I don't think the future looks good for geek movies.

    by Royston Lodge

    Look, recent box office history shows that movies that cater specifically to pop culture geeks are not good investments:<p> Scott Pilgrim, Kick-Ass, Watchmen, etc, didn't do great at the box office even though most viewers think they were really good movies. <p> (In this rant, I'm not including geek flicks that just plain suck, like Wolverine or Fantastic Four, etc. I'm only talking about GOOD geek movies that don't make money for some reason.)<p> Meanwhile the Twilight series makes shit loads of cash despite being load of shit movies.<p> There have been quite a few articles published about why "geek flicks" don't do well at the box office, regardless of how good they are. Here's one example:<p><p> When a "geek flick" DOES buck the trend and ends up making money, the pundits say something like "it transcended it's built-in niche market and connected with a wider audience." Examples could include stuff like Nolan's Batman flicks, AbramsTrek, Iron Man, 300, Sin City, etc.<p> That argument suggests that maybe a geek flick can only make money if it doesn't stick to the source material too closely? But I dunno if I buy that idea since what in Iron Man made it "more than just an Iron Man movie"? And one could also argue that Batman Forever was just as "true" to the source material as The Dark Knight was, if you cherry-pick the source material from the darker modern comics or the lighter pre-Crisis comics.<p> Or take the Transformers movies. They started with source material that's perfect for a "geek flick", made sure the movies sucked ass, and STILL made shit loads of money. So how does that fit into this whole thesis? I dunno! ;-)<p> DEVIL'S ADVOCATE MODE = ON<p> On the other hand, there are other articles that show that these sorts of movies make lots of money outside of the box office numbers. Kick-Ass was a big deal for Lions Gate in DVD sales and iTunes downloads:<p><p> DEVIL'S ADVOCATE MODE = OFF<p> So, at the end of the day, so I think Robotech (or Voltron) movies can make money?<p> Probably not, and if they do they'll probably have to change the back-story too much for the geeks to really enjoy them.<p> I think the source material is simply too obscure to break through into the consciousness of the non-geek moviegoer. Transformers and Batman are not niche geek properties. Virtually everybody knows something about them. Not nearly as many people know anything about Robotech or Voltron. So the built-in name recognition really isn't there.<p> Even with production values on par with the Transformers movies, I simply cannot see Voltron making a splash with the average moviegoing public. I also don't see any studio giving a Voltron movie the same resources that Michael Bay has at his disposal, so the movie's probably going to suck anyways.<p> With Robotech, I COULD be a LITTLE more optimistic. The story, the characters, and the vehicle designs are generic enough that the lack of name recognition shouldn't really be that big a problem. In fact, it could be a benefit since fewer people would have pre-conceived notions about it.<p> It's basically cool-looking fighter jets, cool-looking robots, and cool-looking spaceships, with a basic "invasion and defense of Earth" storyline. The stumbling block would be the design of the Zentraedi (or whatever villains they choose), since I don't think giant green humanoids would look very good in live-action.<p> But still, I'm pessimistic that any studio would give a Robotech movie the budget and resources it needs to be done really well. It'll end up being done on-the-cheap, like the way the budgets for subsequent Narnia movies have been reduced.<p> If it does get made, I see Robotech following the same general path that the XMen movies took.<p> I hope I'm wrong, of course.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Cars? Buildings? NEW YORK?

    by Triple_J_72

    But of course! Fucking Hollywood...

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    VOLTRON is second rate. I want that GAIKING...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...project we heard about a while ago.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    And I'll form the "Head"!!

    by Stalkeye

    Fuck, if it's not as graphically violent as the Japanese series it's based on (Go Lion) then there's no ass in seat. Gimmie Robotech or Gatchaman any day.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Michael Bay RUINED Voltron.

    by MST3KPIMP

    The idea of a Voltron project sounds cool if for nothing more than an alternative to the crappy t-formers films. Trouble is they will be under pressure from the studio to make it look & feel like Transformers which will ultimatly prevent a unique Voltron movie from being made so it will essentialy be just another Transformers movie. So in a sense Michael Bay has ruined TWO franchises.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I'll pass.

    by rbatty024

    I never watched Voltron, so I'm hardly clamoring for a Voltron film. They're really scrapping the bottom of the geek film barrel here.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Gundam movie goddamn it

    by ORIONgods

    give me my gundam movie

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Votron? Doesn't Fox own the rites?

    by The Founder

    I think I recall that Fox has the rites or something. If they do Hello DBZ2

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Looks like a video game the concept art.

    by The Founder

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Why is the Statue of Liberty..

    by zyuray2

    .. between a forest and the city?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Not another 80s throwback...

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    ...for fat 35+ yr old geeks living in their mother's basement! Geez!!!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    This has to be a hoax.

    by ROBRAM89

    The presence of the Statue of Liberty and a giant monster with the exact fucking posture of Clover can't be a coincidence.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Why is Voltron on Earth?

    by Aphex Twin

    I'll form the head!

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    This has to be a hoax

    by Dijonase24

    Because who gives a shit about a Voltron movie?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    If that's what Voltron is gonna look like...

    by TheJake

    ...then I hope the shit never gets made. That Bayformers pointy curvy metal look is SO lame. The lions look like Bay's shitty version of Ravage.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Looks cool but...

    by corvette63

    does that mean they're not going to do the car and spaceship one first?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:18 p.m. CST


    by JonChambers

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    by JonChambers

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by adml_shake

    not impressed with the assembled voltron concept. Looks like that thing the power rangers fought in their first movie.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Voltron's the defender of the universe but...

    by alienindisguise

    he'll just hang out in NYC for 2 hours for no good fucking reason.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Loved Voltron, hate this concept

    by bah

    None of that "raping my childhood" or any of that. I just don't care about this. Voltron does not belong on Earth. Not Lion Voltron, anyway.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:46 p.m. CST

    So Megatron will be playing Voltron?

    by Violator90

    Damn! I guess the people pitching this thing liked Bayformers that much to actually copy the design for Voltron. As some people already mentioned, that looks horrible. But those are just concepts hopefully they change it before any production happens--IF it happens at all.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    poor artists...

    by redkamel

    imagine loving robots, then being told "Draw Voltron...but make it look like Bayformers so its marketable"<p> Whatever happened to "classic" looks? By which I mean "wont look stupid in 5 years"

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    It looks like a Robobeast at least.

    by The Founder

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Shitty, shitty, shitty design

    by smackfu

    While the very existence of Voltron movie concept art is awesome, the people who are going to be in charge of this film need to realize something. Robot designs where every inch of the robot is a tangled mess of twisty, gnarly metal looks LIKE FUCKING SHIT. Go watch Transformers 1 & 2 and just absorb exactly how shitty, stupid, and ineffectual it looks to have twisty random metal all over the place in your robot design. The Voltron design already exists. If you want to make it more realistic looking, do it with the textures, and improving the details, not by making it look like Voltron exploded and was put back together without the manual.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Damn, that's right Votron was on another planet.

    by The Founder

    I had forgotten that, but you can bet Hollywood is gonna change that. The lions will probably be hidden on earth until the day came where 5 humans will be some sort of chosen ones to save the planet from an alien threat or some such premise.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST

    I agree they should not look like Bay TFs, but.....

    by The Founder

    The design of the cartoon is boxy and dated. It needs to be updated.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST


    by catlettuce4

    Looks like one of those sculptures made of old junk. I would not be opposed to an updating of the design, but it's got to remain true to the spirit of the real Voltron. This design misses the mark.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    In other words...

    by catlettuce4

    Realism and colorful lion robots don't really mix.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST


    by catlettuce4

    Obviously a lot of people... look around this talkback.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    I guess it'll be easier to market the team and bots on Earth.

    by The Founder

    We can bitch and moan but if a film gets made it will be stationed on Earth.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Defender of the Universe? That's not gonna work today.

    by The Founder

    Yeah that tagline has to be changed. Unless theirs an army or corps of Voltron bots all over the universe then it seems an impossible task to place on a lone team. Maybe defender of Earth will be the new one.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    NO. No more wicked sharp shardy bullshit.

    by JusticeSabre

    Howsabout letting Japanese designers design these machines like they did in the first place?

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Lion Voltron > Car Voltron

    by slickjohnny

    And Bayformertron on Earth ain't even in the equation.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Updates aren't the enemy BAD UPDATES are...

    by Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    As far as realism goes, fine, don't make it look like a toy was scanned into the computer but it needs to look like freakin' VOLTRON, not an erector set or a robot zombie. Once again, see the Gaiking trailer for an example of how to do these things RIGHT. People that can't deal with the robots bearing a resemblance to the original designs (and yes I get what some of you are saying, there's nothing wrong with updates if they're done right) need to go watch a RomCom or brainless kids flick or something instead of getting insulted when the original designs are updated in a way that doesn't piss of the people who actually know the series.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Actually, the Voltron Script reviewed by Latino Review..

    by ganymede3010

    Said that the movie took place in post apocolyptic New York. That concept art is very accurate. Supposedly, that script was trashed. However, it's evident that they kept some parts of it.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    I just read the Latino Review article of the old script...

    by Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    I hope to God they don't use that. Apparently the lions oh excuse me Lionbots, are made out of garbage or salvage or something. Yes it does take place in New York. I'm from New York and this doesn't even excite me. I can deal with the different ethnicities if you can do it without screwing up the essence of the character (hint, not like Catwoman or Daredevil) but this just seems heavy handed and excessive. The script makes it seem like the main and background characters are going to break into a rendition of "We Are The World" at any second.

  • Sept. 16, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST

    So, they just ripped off a few Transformers visuals?

    by RPLocke


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  • Sept. 16, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    This is actually concept art for Cloverfield 2

    by mistergreen

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Why is

    by Nigel_Coolbeard

    that lion using the Statue of Liberty as a prop so it can ram its ass into that robot's arm? I can't be the only one who sees that.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Live action Gatchaman please

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    If you need to call it Battle of the Planets to make more money go for it

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Live action Neon Genesis Evangelion

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Jim, can I call you Jim or would you prefer Mr Cameron, please please leave Avatar 2 alone for now, and get behind this you would make this an awesome project. <p>

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 1:11 a.m. CST

    oh yeah and Gundam

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    We have the CGI technology now get to it

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 1:28 a.m. CST

    oooh, check out the lens flare from the sun

    by Tall_Boy66

    I betcha the concept artist was really happy when he came up with that. Not that it has anything to do with selling the movie or anything. Voltron wasn't set on Earth? I don't remember. I was a kid.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST

    This looks like crap.

    by UrbanSamurai

    Since Capone's interview with Milla I dream of seeing her as Cheetara. Yet all I get are crappy rip-offs of crappy updated Transformer designs that looked nothing like the original in the first place. DAMN YOU HOLLYWOOD, DAMN YOU TO HELL!!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Everyone here in the U.S. who grew up

    by Dennis_Moore

    in the 80's knows what Voltron is. Even my girlfriend. It's not a niche property. While sometimes these things make a lot of money even when they are terrible, a la Bayformers, they'd make more if they do them right. Geek excitement and approval over faithfulness to the original concept and design added to the public's memory of this cartoon would equal even more money than they would've made on name recognition alone. Imagine if the two TF live-actioners had been everything you'd ever hoped. They would've doubled their money.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Can we get a Silverhawks movie instead?

    by RPLocke

    Loved that show.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 3 a.m. CST

    Silverhawks sucked ass

    by Stalkeye

    C'mon Kid, that show was a poor man's Thundercats and the theme song was effin lame too. For a guy who bashes Anime, your tastes are of a contradiction.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 3:18 a.m. CST


    by DioxholsterReturns


  • Sept. 17, 2010, 3:56 a.m. CST

    VOLTRON defending EARTH?

    by DioxholsterReturns

    is that okayyyyyy with the fans?

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Who dares Bayformerize the mighty Voltron?!?

    by JT Kirk

    What in the flying fuck in the face is this monstrosity? Voltron isn't fucking skeletal intertwined nonsense the way Bay's Transformers have ruined their looks. It's also not supposed to be on Earth! And it's not supposed to be THAT fucking big! Why the fuck do they have to change shit just for change's sake? They can never keep shit like scale or design aesthetic with these things anymore, instead squatting a massive dump on top of the very essences of these projects. Just go away, go fuck with something else instead since you haven't a goddamned clue what this project is about. I mean, Jesus Christ, how do you miss the giant "V" on Voltron's chest?!?

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 6:28 a.m. CST

    The Marquis de Side 3

    by DeusExMachina

    Actually, in the Japanese series, it's Earth that is laid to waste and that's where Keith, Pidge, Lance, Hunk, and Sven were escaping from.

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  • Sept. 17, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Decadent Dragon Stuff going there?

    by Darrenjiju

    Yeah, i might be a real shocker, or might turn out something completely different:)

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST

    The Voltron lion cartoon was awesome

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    The three vehicle team one sucked. Don't make a CGI movie about this. We saw what happend with The Transformers.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST

    If it's as dark as the concept art...

    by Apocol0id

    I'll be happy. I'm sick of badass concept art and weak movies.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Not caring for aesthetics but looks more "real"

    by VAwitch

    Similar to Bay-verse TFs - they look kinda ugly compared to the animation, BUT I will give him props that he tried to make them at least LOOK like various parts in car mode exist in robot mode.<P><P>That lion looks to be in a similar vein. Robotic lion built to be part of a larger whole. I loved Lion-Voltron back in the day, but even then noticed the simplistic 'engineering' :) <P><P>It'd be nice if they ever get this thing off the ground. Imagi did an awesome job w/ TMNT, and hopefully Battle of the Planets/Gatchaman. Perhaps they should do Voltron.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Two versions of Voltron

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Two different version of Voltron, one with the lions and one where Voltorn was built by 20-30 smaller vehicles. In the second scenario, I always wondered what would have happened if the guy driving the piece that formed the thigh hit the snooze button that day (all of a sudden Voltron has no leg). Also, whoever was driving the foot had to be shitting a brick the whole time - I seriously don't think his small vehicle could sustain the amassed weight of Voltron - that guy was probably spending the whole fight looking up at the creaking roof of his vehicle and shitting bricks.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Lots of brick shitting apparently

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Used it twice, need more coffee.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    So it's not Cthulhu or Cloverfield?

    by orcus


  • Sept. 17, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Concept art smells like Bayformers, pretty obvious

    by DioxholsterReturns

    gotta admit, if this voltron thing that was a part of my childhood ended up looking like bayformers im gonna loose it i swear

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Voltron "car" robot had 15 units

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Three teams of five. Sea, air, and land vehicles.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Well 15 still seems a bit impractical

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    And why out of all of the elements did "AIR" get the shaft?

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    make Nolan direct this!

    by DioxholsterReturns

    it will be intense and sophisticated!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I loved the old Voltron cartoon as a kid

    by Abominable Snowcone

    but even then I knew there was NO way it could happen in reality. So a live-action adaptation will fail. Doesn't matter how "real" anything looks. The concept of a giant warrior robot that can separate into multiple "lion" parts simply does not translate that way.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    Never got into Thundercats. I don't care much for shows with talking animals.

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Pretty cool. Make the movie with McTiernan, please.

    by CodeName

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Hey, I rather this come out than another romcom.

    by CodeName

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Yeah, the Enterprise better show up this time...

    by MrMysteryGuest

    ...or I'm gonna get pissed!

  • Sept. 17, 2010, 11:19 p.m. CST


    by TV's Frank

    I used to love the cartoon, but I assume it would be horrible if I were to watch it now.