The classic ’80s animated sci-fi adventure Voltron made a successful return to screens this year, in the shape of the Netflix show Voltron: Legendary Defender. It has now been reported that a live-action Voltron movie is also in development.
According to Deadline, a Voltron movie had been in the works for some time at DreamWorks Animation. Following a deal earlier this year between that studio and Universal, the latter has inherited the project and is now moving forward with it.
Deadline reports that David Hayter, who previously wrote Watchmen and the first two X-Men movies, is working on the script that was started at DreamWorks Animation. Hayter is also known for his voicework for a variety of video games, most notably as Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid series.
As the site notes, no further details on a Voltron movie are known, and Universal has not commented on it.
Voltron: Legendary Defender was also one of the properties acquired by Universal. The first season premiered on Netflix in June, and season 2 is due to hit the streaming service on January 20, 2017. A first trailer was revealed in October.
The original Voltron was a Japanese and American co-production that ran for three seasons between 1984 and 1986. The show was created from two Japanese shows–Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV–with new dialogue and storylines created for the American market. It proved hugely popular, spawning spinoff shows, comic books, and games.