'The Transformers' franchise has proved beyond a reasonable doubt that movies based on animated TV series can be big buck draws, and the folks at Relativity Media are hoping that lightning will strike again: The company has licensed the feature film rights to Voltron from World Event Prods. and is planning a live-action, big-screen version of the 1984 animated series 'Voltron: Defender of the Universe.' According to The Hollywood Reporter, Thomas Dean Donnelly ('Conan the Barbarian') and Joshua Oppenheimer ('Sahara') are writing the screenplay about five young pilots in a battalion of ultra-high-tech Robot Lions that, when necessary, can join together to form a fearsome mega-weapon known as Voltron to defend the universe from evil. The series was based on a Japanese anime property and has never lost popularity with fanboys and cultists: Voltron DVDs and merchandise sell like hotcakes and Nicktoons' spinoff series, 'Voltron Force,' premiered this June to incredible numbers. No word yet on a director, but Michael Bay might be available. Voltron made its first-ever panel debut at Comic-Con on Thursday.
Warner Bros.' 'The Man of Steel' will be flying a little later than anticipated: The studio has moved the reboot of the Superman franchise from late 2012 to June 14, 2013, officially making it what everyone knows it is: a summer film. The Zack Snyder-directed 'Man of Steel' stars Henry Cavill in the title role, along with Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Russell Crowe. [Deadline]
New Line has rolled Snake eyes for its planned remake of John Carpenter's 1981 'Escape From New York.' The studio has let the option on the film run out, meaning anyone can now jump in (with enough cash, of course) to redo the film. The original, of course, was set in the "near future," and starred Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, a very tough convict who's offered a pardon if he can rescue the president of the United States from New York City, which has been cordoned off as a maximum security prison. According to Deadline, New Line and producer Neal Moritz have been working on the reboot, most recently with Breck Eisner attached to direct. 'Escape From L.A.,' a 1996 sequel directed by Carpenter and starring Russell, was God-awful. Think we need a new Snake?