Relativity Media to back giant robot project

Relativity Media may put “Voltron: Defender of the Universe” in the hands of helmer Max Makowski.

Director most recently penned the bigscreen adaptation of TV series “Hawaii Five-O” for Warner Bros. He also is attached to direct Warners’ feature based on series “Kung Fu” and an American redo of Japanese pic “Shinobi” at U.

Makowski is in talks to take on the project after New Regency recently put the giant robot project into turnaround after opting to focus on producing more high-brow fare.

Scribe Justin Marks penned the live-action adaptation of the Japanese animated series of the 1980s that revolves around a sword-wielding robot that helps battle Earth’s invaders.

Ryan Kavanaugh’s financing and production venture Relativity Media is in final negotiations with rights holder World Events Prods., based in St. Louis, to back the property, though on a more moderate budget, utilizing the type of cost-effective technology employed in films including “300.”

Relativity would finance and produce the project as part of its one-off picture business and shop it to distributors. In the past, Relativity films have been released by Lionsgate (“3:10 to Yuma”) and MGM (“Mr. Brooks”).

Mark Gordon and Jordan Wynn are producers. Executive producers are Bryan Zuriff, Jim Young, Mark Costa and Ford Oelman.

Besides his film deals, Makowski has helmed episodes of Bravo’s reality series “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” Helmer’s Asian gangster pic “One Last Dance” bowed at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005.

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