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Voltron movie announced at Comic-Con

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Move over, Transformers. Another animated franchise from our childhood that relies on robotic creatures is coming to theaters in what studio executives hope is an equally lucrative adventure.

Relativity Media announced at Comic-Con that they have optioned the right to Voltron, the 1984 cult-classic animated series that, according to a press release, centered on “five young warriors [who] are responsible for the future of the galaxy when they become pilots of a battalion of ultra-high-tech Robot Lions, powerful vessels with the ability to join together to form a fearsome mega-weapon known as Voltron.”

In the original series, the different colored lions would snap together into one massive robot. It was a combination of the Transformers and the Power Rangers. And while it only aired in the U.S. for two seasons, it has an immediate impact on pop culture.

“For nearly three decades, Voltron has captured the minds of a nostalgically loyal and rabid fan base and has long been considered a hotly-pursued project,” said Relativity Media’s President of Worldwide Production Tucker Tooley. “We are beyond excited World Event Productions and Atlas Entertainment have placed their trust and faith in Relativity to bring this coveted property to the big screen, and usher in a new generation of devoted fans.”

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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