26 July 2005

Voltron vs. Optimus Prime

Hey guys, it's Donnie...Well apparantly all hell has broken loose in the world of giant shape shifting robot movies. Word has it that shortly after ComicCon, some sort of feud has broken out amongst the various producing powers of the Transformers film. Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently gave an interview with iesb.net in which he rejected the idea of having the original cartoon voice actors reprise their roles for the film and went on to say that there are two drafts of the film, one centered around the robots and one centered around the kid, and they are currently trying to find a balance between the two.

Don Murphy heard this and went nuts. He started a thread on the message boards of his website saying that there is no screenplay and that di Bonaventura doesn't know what he's talking about, how he's "the producer Paramount brought on". Apparantly the thread got so ugly that it was moved from the Transformers section to the Apt Pupil section, and now seems to be removed all together. Murphy then asserts that, in the wake of The Island's less-than-stellar performance at the box office, Michael Bay may soon drop out of the film, and even went so far as to ask message board posters to start listing their preferences for a replacement director.

Then, amidst all this chaos, it was announced today that producer Mark Gordon and a bevy of other producers are coming together (no pun intended) to assemble (pun intended) a Voltron movie, presumably live action. Personally I was a huge fan of both properties as a kid, but in the wake of Power Rangers, I'd much rather see a Transformers movie than a Voltron movie. Voltron was cool, but it was also kind of...silly. Transformers has a far greater mythology behind it.

While I have no doubt that a Transformers movie is going to happen, it's immediate future is definitely a tad shaky, and that July 4th 2007 release date is going to start looming over their heads before long. Meanwhile, Voltron is still in the fetus stage. No director, no writers, no nothing, just some producers with some money and some old cartoon tapes. We'll see how it pans out...


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