Another 80s Animated TV Series Being Adapted: Thundercats
After the announcement recently that He-Man and the Masters of the Universe would be returning with another big screen adaptation as well as some other 80's franchises (like G.I. Joe), the most recent news is that Thundercats will be turned into a live action feature film as well (read the update below - it will be entirely CGI, not live action). Warner Brothers, one of the best Hollywood studios at the moment, has picked up a script based on the 1980s animated series. Initial speculation leads me to believe that it will be much more focused towards the teen demographic instead of something that all of those who watched the series when it first came out in the 80's will now enjoy being in their 20's.
The original animated series that debuted in 1985 is about a group of humanoid cats who flee their home planet of Thundera after it's destroyed. After crash landing on the planet Third Earth, they started fighting Mumm-Ra, an evil sorcerer bent on killing them off. The script for the feature will be an origin story that expands upon the major heroes and villains from the animated series and will focus on Lion-O's coming of age as the leader.
If you haven't realized by now, the latest Hollywood trend that will hit theaters in 2008 and 2009 is the live action revival of classic 80's animated TV shows. We've already got Transformers this year, He-Man, G.I. Joe, and a few others for 2008, and now you can add Thundercats to that list, too. I'm not sure if Transformer's buzz sparked this recent interest in all these classic shows, or whether it was something else, but a few of them might actually turn out good. It's truly interesting watch how Hollywood works these days.
UPDATE: An article in the LA Times confirms that the Thundercats film with be entirely CGI, NOT live action, like originally reported. Like TMNT, the return of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in CGI earlier this year, Thundercats will follow in similar fashion. As many have already said, this is probably for the better, since no one really wants to see actors in cat suits.