Rawson Marshall Thurber’s Live-Action ‘Voltron’ Sparks Bidding War – Deadline
A live-action adaptation of Voltronco-written and directed by red noticeby Rawson Marshall Thurber, sparked a bidding war between studios and streamers, Deadline can confirm.
Thurber and Ellen Shanman wrote the screenplay, based on the story of the first. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman will produce the film alongside Bob Koplar, whose company World Events Productions controls the rights to Voltron. Warner Bros., Universal and Amazon are all competing to land the package, although Netflix, which hosts both red notice and the 2016 anime series Voltron: Legendary Defender-is not.
the Voltron The franchise is based on several Japanese anime series from Toei Animation, including GoLion Beast King. It centers on a team of five space explorers who pilot a giant super robot of the same name. Voltron aired as an ABC series from 1984 to 1985, with additional iterations set up later on NBCUniversal, Nicktoons, and Netflix, as mentioned earlier.
Thurber’s action comedy red noticestarring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, quickly topped Netflix’s movie slate when it debuted in November 2021. The director has also previously directed feature films, including Skyscraper, Central Intelligence, We are the Millers and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Storyand is the spearhead of a next Dungeons & Dragons series for eOne, as executive producer, as well as writer and director of the pilot episode.
Whether Voltron will be Thurber’s next project, which also has several red notice sequelae in development, remains unclear. It is replaced by WME and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller; Shanman by UTA, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and The Law Hut.