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DreamWorks Plans to Reinvent "Voltron," "Where's Waldo," "Lassie" and Lots of Other Properties

Posted: October 11th, 2013 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
DreamWorks Plans to Reinvent "Voltron," "WhereSubmit Comment
Last year, DreamWorks acquired the library of Classic Media, which owns the rights to lots of popular brands, including "Masters of the Universe," "Voltron," "Rocky and Bullwinkle," "Lassie," "Mr Magoo" and "Where's Waldo."

We know that "Masters of the Universe" just hired a new writer, but outside of that, there has been very little movement on turning these properties into movies and TV shows. But during a recent event, producer Jeffrey Katzenberg said that the Classic Media library can be as big for DreamWorks as the Marvel library is for Disney.

"It's not, 'What are we going to do with those 6,100 episodes we have' ... although we'll get value out of those ... the real opportunity is to take every one of those franchises and reinvent them. And that's what we will set out to do," said the producer.

It's tough to say how DreamWorks will reinvent the properties, but according to Katzenberg, they are a top priority for the studio, which means details will soon start coming out.

Source: The Wrap


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boogiel writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 8:31:06 AM

Reinvent, reboot, remake...yeah whatever..they all stinks.
Tanman32123 writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 8:56:31 AM

This ^^^^
M. Bullitt writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 8:57:08 AM

^ ^ And That!


ps: stupid pic by the way.
Stuntastic writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 9:34:09 AM

Voltron most definitely!!!
LearJet writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 11:08:52 AM

I really want to see a Jason Bourne type "Where's Waldo" movie.
minkowski writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 11:09:42 AM

"although we'll get value out of those"

Spoken like a true Jew.

I absolutely hate this Katzenberg guy. Someone should saw off his ugly little head.

But I would like to see Voltron and Masters of the Universe done right.
Stuntastic writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 11:50:49 AM

@Mink I still remember the Dolph Lundren Masters of the Universe to this day. At that time it seemed appropriate, but with the technology we have n place today it could b an awesome film
minkowski writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 11:57:15 AM

@Stuntastic: exactly, although I think a Voltron movie would cost a fortune to be done right, and would probably bomb because most people aren't that interested in the property.

I wonder who would make a good modern He-Man?
Cannon writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 12:12:35 PM


...or you can just make new stuff.

minkowski writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 12:17:30 PM

Like?
minkowski writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 12:33:37 PM

What I mean is, can you find something truly new and worth the time to make it? Cloud Atlas was quite different and look how well that did, and it wasn't even a studio project IIRC.

New stuff is hard to do. No built in audience, lots of risk. Has to be something like Twilight. Has to be something with a fan following. Transformers, Harry Potter, Twilight. Fifty Shades for Christ's sake. Something that starts out low budget, like a book, and then catches fire, like The Hunger Games.

New stuff means risk, and risk means low budget. Low budget means, usually, lower quality, lower exposure. Hard to make new ideas and concepts into films first, especially considering that money is the first and last determination.
Avirex writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 1:01:17 PM

^^Inception did pretty well.

Yet films that are not pre-existing properties rarely get large budgets unless the director has given the studio long line of extremely profitable films. Michael Bay had the opportunity to do so but he wasted that privilege on that sh*tty Wahlberg movie. Like his films or not, Nolan at least uses the studios to pump out his own films when he can. If Aranofsly can make a hit out of that Noah film coming up, the studio may consider allowing him his own big budget idea too. Overall though, its a pain the ass convincing a studio to let you do something original. That's likely the reason for so much exposition in Inception. The studio probably told Nolan to make it more 'accessible' or something.
Cannon writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 1:16:27 PM


That might all be true, but still...

The guy's going on all proud-like over the idea of reinventing old TV cartoon franchises. Why not just make something new, like those people did a quarter of a century ago or more?

Seriously, how hard is it to come up with a new idea for a f*cking talking animal cartoon? Del Toro never had to tap (the rights to) Voltron; he just made his own giant robots movie, which...surprise, surprise...was actually good.

I just don't get all of this extreme scrounging for any-and-every property, or THING, that once was. sh*t, at this point, they'll soon be "reinventing" old logos and breakfast cereal commercials into movies or whatever:

"We're gonna remake Frankenberry into his own franchise! And the Kool-Aid guy! And the game Kerplunk!"

synthetic1985 writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 4:41:26 PM

you guys said it all...f*ck these reinventions...if you're going to reinvent anything, make new titles and new stories instead of copycatting older shows or remaking them so that when we watch them, you guys do such a terrible job that people appreciate the originals even more so and bash on the remakes
minkowski writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 6:03:33 PM

@Avirex: Inception doesn't count. After TDK, Nolan could have made an stop-motion movie with talking turds and people would have lined up to see it. Nolan wrote his own ticket thereafter and anything the studios signed off on was a done deal at the BO.

Besides, Nolan borrowed much of that film from Paprika and James Bond, not to mention The Matrix, so I would argue Inception wasn't very original.
Avirex writes:
on October 11th, 2013 at 6:29:34 PM

Well, I really don't see where we disagree in that point. To create a big budget film not based on a pre-existing property you must prove to the studio you are a sound investment. Some directors have been fortunate enough to do that.

As for originality, that can be subjective. We might as well say Matrix doesn't count either since it borrowed from Neuromancer. Hell, there's an entire fight scene lifted almost entirely from a previous martial arts flick. Everything is influenced by everything else. Of course there are also outright rip-offs in the industry but that's a different discussion.

The point was that Inception wasn't based on a pre-existing property. Big budget films not based on properties are possible, but in Hollywood you need to be their bitch for a while before they let you make one. An unfortunate reality at the moment.

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