Paramount Adapting Image Comics' Lions, Tigers and Bears
by Alex Billington
April 19, 2009
Paramount has acquired rights to Lions, Tigers and Bears, a popular kids comic book series from Image Comics. Big time producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Shooter, Transformers, Stardust, G.I. Joe) will develop the live-action film, with with Joey Aucoin writing the script. Why would anyone want to see this? Check out the concept: This fantasy tale centers on a young boy whose stuffed animals come to life in middle of the night to protect him from a group of monsters called the Beasties and the further adventures of the boy as he travels through the stuffed-animal kingdom. It could even be pitched as Toy Story meets Monsters Inc.
How many nights have you lain awake wondering if the monsters you imagine inhabiting your closet or lurking beneath your bed are real? How many hours pass in the night while your sleepless mind creates terrifying images of what lies just beyond your field of vision… out there, in the dark? How many minutes have gone by while you wait in fear, dreading the noise you thought you heard? How many seconds have pounded in your heart, as your imagination runs away to conjure the Beasties?
For those of you who ponder those questions lay down your fear, for the denizens of the Stuffed Animal Kingdom are on patrol, marshalling their forces and guarding your dreams.
The interesting thing about this story is that it has no adult lead, only kids and, well, stuffed-animal warriors. Hell, if they get Spike Jonze to direct this and bring his Where the Wild Things Are giant puppet techniques, then we have a film that even I'd be looking forward to seeing. Plus, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura leading the way, I don't think we have anything to worry about, as he's got what it takes to turn a great adaptation into even better big screen entertainment. Until we hear more about this, including who they find to direct, you can pick up copies of the comic book on Amazon. Anyone else interested?