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“Voltron: The End” short film might renew interest in big screen adaptation

“Voltron: The End” short film might renew interest in big screen adaptation (photo)

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The concept of a “Voltron” live action movie has been floating around Hollywood for years. First 20th Century Fox owned the project, then Relativity scooped it up with Max Makowski at the helm. That version went nowhere, and Atlas Entertainment scooped up another version, which also went nowhere. Then “Conan” scribes Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer started huge bidding war went on over the property earlier this year, but so far nothing has come of a “Voltron” film for the big screen.

That’s why “The Totally Rad Show” podcast creator Alex Albrecht has taken matters into his own hands. Why wait for Hollywood to make a “Voltron” movie when he can do it himself, and probably do it better. Enter “Voltron: The End,” the three-minute-long “Voltron” short film that proves that a blockbuster adaptation about the Voltron Force definitely should be done.

“Voltron: The End” creates more questions than answers, but that’s a key way to garner interest into adapting a short for the big screen. The film follows the second-in-command of the Voltron Force when he wakes up after an “accident.” He uses the last of his life force to send the world one last message: Voltron has failed, and King Zarkon has won.

The final reveal of the short is a CGI version of the Voltron suit, a classic take on the suit instead of the updated, Michael Bay-style concept that floated around last year. Albrecht cast “Psych” star Timothy Omundson as the lead in the film, which ended up being a spot-on decision. Hopefully between this short and the rebooted animated TV series on Nicktoons will create enough interest for a big screen adaptation. That plan worked well enough for Kevin Tanchareon, who first made the Internet short “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” and just recently landed a big screen remake of the franchise at Warner Bros.

Would you like to see a big screen version of Albrecht’s “Voltron” short film? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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