‘Voltron’ Powers Up, Finds Director
The expected anime-to-live action parade continues in the wake of last year’s success with Transformers. The stalled Voltron film was picked up by Relativity Media, grabbing it from New Regency which had been trying to mount the production. Latino Review now reports that Max Makowski has been signed to direct the film. Makowski is not known for his genre credits but instead directed Taboo in 2002 and is attached as director for the feature film version of Kung Fu.
Word is, Relativity intends to use the green skin/CGI-heavy (and cheap) approach that worked so well for 300.
The film was first optioned back in 2005 by Mark Gordon and by the end of 2006, suddenly über-hot screenwriter Justin Marks delivered a screenplay. New Regency got interested last August based on the Michael Bay Transformers mega-hit. After spending a year on the project, New Regency gave up and put it into turnaround with Relativity snatching it up on August 18.
A 2010 release is expected although that is merely speculative given the lack of cast and shooting schedule.