Warner Brothers Bringing Tom and Jerry Back From the Dead
by Brandon Lee Tenney
January 22, 2009
It is physically and emotionally tearing me apart to report this news. As if the lowest common denominator wasn't already low enough with the likes of Garfield and Alvin and the Chipmunks and Scooby Doo in the zeitgeist of American cinema, Warner Brothers wants their own freakish CG/live-action hybrid. So, Tom and Jerry is being developed for the screen. Seriously, I've blacked out twice, and I'm only three sentences in. As much as I personally hate this, I will admit that it does make sense for WB. No matter the critical pounding Garfield and Alvin and the Chipmunks took, they were both very financially successful.
Alvin and the Chipmunks alone grossed a worldwide total of $360 million for Fox -- on a budget of only $60 million. Makes sense that WB wants a piece of that pie, too. And believe me, I so wish it didn't. And now I've ruined the pie for myself. But since it's inevitable, here's what's in store for the feuding cat and mouse big screen version. The property will be developed as an origin story revealing how Tom and Jerry first meet, form their rivalry, and reluctantly work together to return home after getting lost together while violently and hilariously attempting to kill each other (yea, I added that last bit). Eric Gravning is attached to write and Dan Lin will be producing what should prove to be a steaming pile of dirty, dirty cash.
Think the nauseating news ends there? Warner Brothers also owns the rights to several other classic Hanna-Barbera animated properties that are also in development, including Yogi Bear and The Jetsons. In fact, this story has stolen every bit of hope I'd been storing up for Star Trek come May. If Warner Brothers had announced they were re-releasing Space Jam in 3D, to be honest with you, I would have been at least six to seven times less nauseous right now. Usually this is where I'd end with a question about your "excitement" or "theories" regarding the project. But, frankly, if I have to read anymore about this, I'll -- too late...