Who will own the Defender of the Universe?
The bidding war has officially begun for the movie rights to "Voltron: Defender of the Universe," the '80s cartoon featuring five human-piloted robotic lions (or sea, air and land vehicles, depending on which version you were watching) that merged into a giant super-robot with a really sweet sword.
Several studios -- including Relativity Media -- are vying for the rights to what would be a "Transformers"-sized blockbuster.
Geez, what took so long? The answer is long and convoluted, according to Vulture, but steps are being taken to ensure a big-screen live-action/CGI version by 2013 or 2014.
The plot of a "Voltron" episode usually went something like this: The evil Prince Lotor would construct a giant Ro-Beast to wreck havoc on whatever he felt like wrecking havoc on that episode. The individual lions would try to fight the Ro-Beast and fail miserably. Finally, they would just form Voltron and destroy the Ro-Beast with one swipe of Voltron's sweet sword.
So why didn't they just form Voltron in the first place? Hey, you try to fill a 22-minute episode some time!
Stay tuned for updates -- this one's gonna be big (heh heh).