There were several obstacles in the way of a “Voltron” film ever coming to fruition. Disagreements over who actually owned the rights to the Voltron characters halted the project for a while. After several bidders were fighting over the rights, it has finally been settled.
Word Events Productions owned Voltron. World Events Production was the company behind the original Japanese shows that aired Voltron under the name of Toei Animation. They felt they should share in the profits that would come from the film.
World Events obtained the full rights to the characters in 2000. Although once the movie deal came around, Toei appeared and insisted that when they made the original deal, it did not include movie rights.
A new deal has been sealed, giving World Events the full rights to the property. Now World Events can go ahead with the production of the Voltron film and can produce their cartoon, “Voltron Force.” They expect to have Voltron in movie form by 2014 at the latest.
With the success of the “Transformers” franchise, it wouldn’t be surprising that “Voltron” could make it as big. There are many fans that have been waiting for a big screen adaptation. It seems the film may actually come to fruition this time around and if the film follows in the “Transformers” footsteps, we may see sequels in the future as well.