Film Friday: Defender of the Universe

“From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend; the legend of Voltron, Defender of the Universe, a mighty robot, loved by good, feared by evil. As Voltron’s legend grew, peace settled across the galaxy. On Planet Earth, a Galaxy Alliance was formed. Together with the good planets of the solar system, they maintained peace throughout the universe, until a new horrible menace threatened the galaxy. Voltron was needed once more. This is the story of the super force of space explorers, specially trained and sent by the Alliance to bring back Voltron, Defender of the Universe!” (1984). Voltron [Television series]. These words would echo across television syndication from September 10, 1984 to November 18, 1985 and introduce many kids to a fantasy world like no other.

In a short film written and directed by Alex Albrecht we find Sgt. Lance Rainier (Timothy Omundson) stranded in his red lion with little oxygen left, computer systems failing and an inability to reach his teammates.

With Hollywood digging into older properties like G.I. Joe, Transformers, TMNT and the slew of others it amazes me that Voltron has yet to be optioned.  The problem is that what has prevented Voltron to coming to the big screen is the difficulty understanding of who owns the rights to the franchise.  Hollywood has been attempting to make Voltron for many years, but has been stuck in production limbo.  It was last thought that all was clear and Atlas Entertainment would move forward with there adaptation of Voltron, but this was just over a year ago and still no Voltron.  While we sit and wait for news of the birth of a franchise Voltron: Then End brings us a brief glimpse of what could be.


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