Rawson Marshall Thurber, who previously worked on action films Central Intelligence, Skyscraper, and Red Notice (fun fact, Dwayne Johnson starred in all of them) recently began developing another project which he’ll co-write and direct — a live-action ‘Voltron’ movie, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, and World Events Productions’ Bob Koplar are set to produce the project, and the movie is currently looking for a distributor as the bidding war arises.
For those maybe don’t know, Voltron is a gigantic Super Robot that is piloted by a team of five space explorers. Based on the Japanese sci-fi series Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV, the Voltron animated series franchise started in 1984. It was the top-rated syndicated children’s show for two years during its original run, and the franchise spawned three more animated shows, comic books, and the line of toys. The most recent animated series, Voltron: Legendary Defender, aired eight seasons between 2016 and 2018 on Netflix.
Marshall Thurber wrote and directed last year’s Red Notice, the Netflix blockbuster which was the most expensive project for the streamer so far, but it also became Netflix’s most-watched original movie ever. Last January, Netflix ordered two sequels, which will be shot back-to-back as soon as the movie’s main stars — Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds — clear up their busy schedules. And with this new project in development, who knows much work Marshall Thurber now has on his hands.
It’s not sure if Voltron will be Marshall Thurber’s next project, or he’ll wait to finish his work on Red Notice first. Considering that all these projects are still in early development, with no release dates set, only time will tell.