Pharrell Does ‘Voltron’
by Winston "Stone" Ford
“Voltron,” the popular 80's animated series, is being re-worked into – you guessed it – a big-screen version with none other than the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams at the helm as the soundtrack producer.
Williams, who will also serve as an executive producer, will score “Voltron: Defender of the Universe,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story revolves around a band of pilots that have to learn to operate the giant Voltron robot – an amalgam of five smaller robotic units – in order to defend the human race from alien invaders. The movie will be produced by Mark Gordon (“Saving Private Ryan,” “The Day After Tomorrow”).
Williams as composer makes perfect sense, considering the Neptunes' affinity for sci-fi motifs (check out the website for their Star Trak label) and sounds of the 80's.
And “Voltron” isn't the only relic from the “giant-robot” era of the 80's to be resurrected for the big screen. A live-action “Transfomers” movie, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Michael Bay (“The Island,” “Armageddon”) is set for release in July 2007.
Both “Voltron” and the “Transformers” debuted in 1984 and, along with the slightly less popular (but far superior) “Robotech,” spawned a huge toy phenomenon and had any schoolboy worth his weight in geekdom rushing home to the television set for a daily afternoon fix (guilty as charged!).