• [NEWS] "Thundercats" movie back in development

    From Your Name@21:1/5 to All on Tue Mar 30 15:44:17 2021
    From Variety.com ...

    'Thundercats' Movie Revived
    With 'Godzilla vs. Kong' Director Adam Wingard
    Thundercats are on the move, again.

    "Godzilla vs. Kong" director Adam Wingard is attached to
    helm a computer-animated adaptation of the beloved 1980s
    Rankin Bass animated series "Thundercats" for Warner
    Bros., from a script Wingard will write with frequent
    collaborator Simon Barrett ("You're Next," "The Guest").
    Dan Lin of Rideback and Roy Lee of Vertigo, who produced
    Wingard's film "Death Note," were already attached to
    produce the film with a script by David Coggeshall when
    Wingard signed on, but Wingard and Barrett are starting

    The original series, which aired from 1985 to 1989, was
    revived for a single season Cartoon Network in 2011, and
    then again in 2020 under the title "Thundercats Roar."
    But as a feature film, "Thundercats" has been a tricky
    project to crack for the studio, which has hired a small
    parade of screenwriters and producers since at least 2007
    to bring a movie to life. The underlying story is at once
    relatively simple - a team of humanoid cat-people (or
    cat-like humans) like Lion-O, Panthro, and Cheetara fight
    the evil wizard Mumm-Ra on the planet of Third Earth -
    and surprisingly complicated, with a mix of technological
    space sci-fi and swords-and-sorcery fantasy. There's the
    mystical blade that holds the Eye of Thundera and the
    Ancient Spirits of Evil, and then antagonistic aliens
    like the Mutants of Plun-Darr and the Lunataks.

    In an interview with Deadline, which first reported the
    news, Wingard made clear he is not interested in making a
    "Cats"-style live-action version of "Thundercats," and
    wants instead to take a CGI-approach to the visuals that
    would embrace the "'80s aesthetic" of the original series.

    "I don't want to reinvent the way they look; I want them
    to look like Thundercats," Wingard said. "I want to do a
    movie you've never seen before: A hybrid CGI film that has
    a hyper-real look and somehow bridges the gap between
    cartoon and CGI. That's the starting point."


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