Companies Vie for Voltron Rights

The rights to the long-anticipated adaptation of the animated series Voltron appear to now be the subject of a bidding war. Vulture has the update, which says that a number of studios are vying for the rights and are interested in developing the robot-series for the big screen.

Voltron‘s post-apocalyptic tale takes place in New York City and Mexico, where five survivors of an alien attack band together and end up piloting five lion-shaped robots that combine and form the massive sword-wielding Voltron, defense against would-be invaders.

At one time planned for a feature at Atlas Entertainment, one company now interested in obtaining the rights is said to be Relativity Media (responsible for a great deal of genre fare, including Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Zombieland, among many others). The article also suggest that Relativity could team with Paramount, the studio behind the similarly-themed Transformers franchise.

Regardless of the direction the rights take, Vulture notes that a feature will most likely be fast-tracked to hit by 2013 or 2014 to take advantage of the property’s 30th anniversary.