§ First, Warner’s is making a THUNDERCATS movie:
Studio has optioned a script by tyro scribe Paul Sopocy to turn the popular 1980s animated series and toy line into a live action feature. Warner-based Paula Weinstein will produce through her Spring Creek Prods. banner, along with Dick Robertson and Lew Korman.
Property revolves around a group of humanoid cats (with feline names like Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro and Cheetara) who must flee their planet of Thundera after it’s destroyed. Once crash-landing on another planet, Third Earth, they must thwart Mumm-Ra, an evil sorcerer, bent on killing them off.
I know I may be flamed for this, but think this one out people. Do we really need a live action version of this? It’s basically going to be people running around in cat costumes. Wasn’t that already a musical? Did we need live action Scooby Doo, or Cat in the Hat or The Grinch, or The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle? How about The Flintstones. Heck, I’m not even sure The Transformers movie will be any good (though I suppose I’ll rent it when the time comes). These things were created as cartoons for a reason.
I never was a huge Thundercats fan, I was more into G.I. Joe and Transformers. Thundercats always seemed too whiny for me. However, I did have friends who liked the Thundercats but I really don’t see them being into a live action version of the show either.
The real issue here for me isn’t the Thundercats. I guess I’m just fatigued from the Summer of Sequels and the dearth of new ideas in Hollywood. How many more franchises are they going to drive into the ground? Will the American public ever tire of it? Has everything already been done?
If you have to do a Thundercats movie, why not make a kickbutt CGI version?