We might be being a little uncharacteristically cynical here, but when the announcement of a big transforming robot movie is followed by the announcement of another big transforming robot movie, something tells us it’s not entirely coincidental.
One of the biggest movies of 2007 is bound to be the new live-action version of Transformers, helmed by Michael "Crash crash bang boom smash pow zap blam" Bay (DVDs) and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg. It’s going to be massive – both at the box office and in terms of merchandise. We’re imagining that we’ll be seeing all kinds of Transformers branded nonsense in a couple of years.
And now, riding the coat-tails of the Transformers popularity comes the announcement of a Voltron movie.
Voltron is a… well, we don’t want to say rip-off, but it’s very
similar to Transformers. There are a bunch of robot lions, but they all
sort of clip together and defend the universe as a kind of great big
In a later series, five dashing young men with macho names – Hunk
(Grrr), Lance (Roar), Sven (Ooh), Keith (um…) and Pidge (Pidge?)
gather together to resurrect Voltron to protect the universe from the
generically evil-named Zarkon.
We’re not sure of the point in Voltron history that the movie will take place. All we have to go on are a couple of names…
Producer Mark Gordon has signed up. He produced Saving Private Ryan
– which is good, but he also produced Speed II: Cruise Control – which
is bad. And interestingly, Pharrell Williams is also involved. We’re
not sure in what capacity he’s there as – maybe there’ll be a big musical number on
the planet Arus where the robot lions sing about milkshakes over sparse
but devastatingly trendy beats. Who know?
Call us old fashioned, but as far as 1980’s cartoon movie remakes
are concerned, we’re saving our excitement for the John Woo-directed
He-Man movie. So long as Mantenna makes an appearance. Mantenna ruled.
[story by Stuart Heritage]