GMA-7’s adaptation of the Japanese anime Voltes V is indeed happening.
Today, December 3, 2020, director Mark Reyes posted photo teasers of who might portray the characters of Steve, Big Bert, Mark, and Jamie in the Pinoy version of Voltes V.
The black-and-white photos were taken during their costume fitting, and did not reveal the actors' faces.
Mark wrote, “Steve, Big Bert, Mark and Jamie had their measurements taken for their V5 flight suits today. #voltesvlegacy @gmanetwork #productionbeginssoon”
On October 14, Mark also posted a teaser of the series as the team continues pre-production work for the show.
He wrote, "And here we go! We’re moving forward with creating the world of #voltesvlegacy @hrss14 @atongwali @darlingptorres @suzidoctolero @gmanetwork #letsvoltin #soon"
GMA-7 has yet to reveal who are the chosen actors to portray the lead stars in its adaptation, which is titled Voltes V: Legacy.
GMA-7’S VOLTES V ADAPTATION
As early as 2018, there were already rumors about GMA-7 doing an adaptation of Voltes V.
The hit Japanese anime series aired in the Philippines in the late 1970s on GMA-7.
However, in April 1979, before GMA-7 aired its finale, former President Ferdinand Marcos issued a directive to ban Voltes V and other similarly-themed anime series due to "excessive violence."
There were speculations that the series was banned due to its underlying themes of rebellion and revolution.
GMA-7 aired replays of Voltes V in 1999 and 2016.
In December 2019, the Kapuso network confirmed the rumors about its Voltes V adaptation when it started airing teasers of a big V.
The significance of the big V teaser was unveiled in GMA-7’s New Year Countdown 2020 when it aired a full-animated teaser of Voltes V: Legacy.
In February 2020, costume designer Noel Flores posted a teaser on the costume of the villain Kazarin Rii.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in August 2020, GMA-7 creative director Aloy Adlawan said that Voltes V: Legacy is pushing through despite the pandemic.
Aloy said, “Tuluy-tuloy ang scripting and we are waiting for the additional approval ng Japan for half of the… I think na-approve na yata nila, kasi na-submit na namin iyong half of the story map, the last half of the story map.
“So tuluy-tuloy lang kami sa scripting.”
Despite the new working conditions, Aloy also said that tapings for Voltes V: Legacy are very manageable since the show will rely heavily on computer graphics.
Because of this, scenes need to be taped in a green-screen studio.