Adam McKay & Will Ferrell Reteam to Bring 'Manimal' Back to Life
Some of the best comedies of the past decade have come from director Adam McKay and star Will Ferrell. Their collaborations have included Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (and the sequel), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The Other Guys and Step Brothers. Now the two are teaming up yet again with an adaptation of the 1980s cult favorite TV show Manimal. However, this time they're mixing things up a bit, because they're working with Sony Pictures Animation on the film following the man who fights crime using his unique ability to morph into animals. The show was canned after eight episodes.
But the series found a big cult following, mostly because of the ridiculous nature of the show itself, and now Deadline says Sony Pictures Animation is creating a live-action and animation hybrid that is taking the concept and turning it into an action comedy with "heavy visual effects and animated elements." Does that mean it'll be something like The Smurfs? However, it's important to note that McKay will not direct, and Ferrell will not star. The duo are merely producing the film longtime manager and producer Jimmy Miller and his Mosaic production banner.
McKay hyped up the project in traditional hilarious fashion saying, "Like The Catcher In The Rye or The Sound And The Fury, Manimal has always been one of those elusive projects every producer dreams of taking to the silver screen. I know the movie will be funny and entertaining, but will it be the first film to win a Pulitzer? We’ll just have to see.” It definitely has potential with "Key & Peele" executive producers Jay Martel and Ian Roberts writing the screenplay. Combine them with the talents of Ferrell, McKay and Miller as producers, and they should be able to get a good team together to make this fun. Thoughts?