The success of the Transformers franchise is paying off in an interesting way, as the studios try to line up their own licensed giant robot sci-fi movies. I have to admit -- it's a cooler fad than volcanoes or meteors. The three retro properties currently seeing the most movement are Voltron, Robotech, and Gaiking, and all three had their own little bits of development news during the past week.

Are audiences going to suffer from giant robo burnout? I hope not. All three properties (imported from Japan) are fairly different from each other, and will, most likely, be targeted to different audiences (I think Voltron's simple story will skew young, for example, while Robotech's complicated love triangle might draw in women that aren't usually into sci-fi).

You can read the latest developments after the jump.