Live-action Voltron movie in the works at Universal with X-Men screenwriter

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Nov 4, 2016, 5:35 PM EDT

“Form feet and legs! Form hands and body! And I’ll form the head!” That legendary call to form the equally legendary Voltron may soon be heard in movie theaters everywhere.

According to Deadline, a live-action Voltron movie is now in the works at Universal Pictures, with David Hayter (X-Men, X-Men 2, Watchmen) penning the screenplay and Tom Engelman (The Chronicles of Riddick, The Lone Ranger) producing. Work on the movie was apparently quietly kicked off before Universal landed the DreamWorks Animation deal, at the time when Jeffrey Katzenberg ran the animation studio.

That’s quite an awesome piece of news that will no doubt make Voltron fans doubly happy, what with the second season of Netflix and DreamWorks’ Voltron: Legendary Defender animated series slated to premiere on Jan. 20, 2017. The series serves as a reboot of sorts to Voltron: Defender of the Universe, which ran between 1984 and 1985 and followed the adventures of five Earth teenagers flung into an intergalactic war who pilot five robotic lions coming together to form one giant robot named Voltron.

A live-action Voltron movie has been in the works with various producers, writers and studios for a while now. Back in 2005, Mark Gordon (Criminal Minds) was on board to produce with a script written by Justin Marks (2016's The Jungle Book) and in 2010, producers Richard Suckle (American Hustle, Wonder Woman) and Ted Koplar (Voltron Force, Voltron: Legendary Defender) were hammering out a movie that was planned for 2013. Of course, none of the projects ever materialized.

Universal has apparently declined to comment, so until this is truly really happening, I guess we have to keep on crossing all of them fingers and toes. But with Hayter and Engelman on board? Sounds good to me. What do you guys think?

(via Deadline)