New ThunderCats film in the works.

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Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard is directing a CGI-animated ThunderCats feature for Warner Bros.


Wingard is co-writing with Simon Barrett. That's all the info available right now.
 

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Thundercats have long overdue for its film every ways

back in 2007 there was talks about a Thundercats movie with the animation I believe in style of the Beowulf with a release date back in 2010
 

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Having most if not all of my major 80's cartoons come to life (He-Man, Inspector Gadget, GI Joe, Transformers) I was always missing one mainstay. One of which I actually went to one of those live action shows as a kid. Now, after the abysmal reaction of Hollywood to the movie adaptation of Broadway's "Cats", my heart sank. I was thinking, now no studio will touch anything with Cats in the name. Thankfully, I was wrong.

DEADLINE: Let’s get right to the story we just broke, that you are going to make a big theatrical version of the ThunderCats animated TV series. What can you tell us?

WINGARD: ThunderCats is a dream project for me. When I was in high school, I was obsessed with it. You’d think at that point, I was a little too old, that my years of obsession with ThunderCats would be when I was 6 years old. My real obsession with ThunderCats came in high school, the pinnacle of me deciding I wanted to be a filmmaker, and pushing in that direction…I actually spent most of my 10th grade year, I completely blew it. I didn’t pay attention in school, made terrible grades. And the reason? I was writing my ThunderCats screenplay through my entire 10th grade year. And I was hand-writing it. The screenplay itself ended up being 272 pages long. I still have it. It was one of those things where I would carry around my notebooks and talk about it. I didn’t even realize the kids in my class were making fun of me as they would ask me questions about my ThunderCats screenplay. It was only one day my friends asked me and I was excitedly telling him all these things about my ThunderCats screenplay. And I heard him turn around to some of the girls in the class, these were girls I had crushes on, and he’s making fun of me for writing ThunderCats! Because it was ridiculous. But that was the first moment where I had a though that maybe I would not be able to make the ThunderCats movie. I thought, am I crazy for obsessing over this, thinking it’s something you can just do? As it turns out, when you’re a kid in Alabama with no resources or connections to filmmaking, it is impossible to make a ThunderCats film. But flash forward, 20 years later and here we are.

I’m in a place where Godzilla vs. Kong has gone well with Warner Bros. They love the movie, as we were wrapping it. I heard there was a ThunderCats script out there and it happened to be set up with some of my producers on Death Note. I asked them, I want to rewrite this script with my friend Simon Barrett. This is a huge passion thing for me. Nobody on this planet knows or has thought as much about ThunderCats as I have. They gave me the reins. I saw this as an opportunity to do a new type of fantasy sci-fi spectacle film that people have never seen before. It’s got a rich mythology; the characters are fantastic. The colors. I want to do a ThunderCats film that takes you back to that ‘80s aesthetic. I don’t want to reinvent the way they look; I want them to look like ThunderCats. I don’t want to do it live action, either. I don’t want it to look like Cats, I don’t want those kinds of issues — no disrespect to that director, whom I don’t mean to throw under the bus any more than everyone else has. I want to do a movie you’ve never seen before. A hybrid CGI film that has a hyper real look and somehow bridges the gap between cartoon and CGI. That’s the starting point, and Simon Barrett and I are getting into the script now.


Director: Adam Wingard

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I'm optimistic on this, though I would've been fine with it being live-action with the actors donning makeup to play the characters.
 

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In any case, if it’s just going to be Thundercats 2011 all over again, I’m not going to bother. It would also be bad if it was just another tribute/parody that didn’t know what it was talking about (especially if it was one to/of the original 1985 show).

To put it another way, I would like to watch this movie, but not if it takes itself too seriously, or doesn’t take itself seriously enough.


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In any case, if it’s just going to be Thundercats 2011 all over again, I’m not going to bother. It would also be bad if it was just another tribute/parody that didn’t know what it was talking about (especially if it was one to/of the original 1985 show).

To put it another way, I would like to watch this movie, but not if it takes itself too seriously, or doesn’t take itself seriously enough.

well there's was this that some people at the time were outraged at long before the tribute/parody of Thundercats were made
 

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I'm guessing it'll lean towards Avatar and Tintin visually rather than Cats.
I don't mean to be "that" person, but I'm hoping it'll lean towards...Thundercats. It needs to be itself, without trying to be like anything else, which was the problem with the 2011 series: among other things, it was trying too hard to appeal to the "anime" crowd, and that was what ruined the show in the end.

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The animation needs to be stellar if they plan on going in that direction. "Cats" was already bad (not that I'd seen it), but it was maligned over its technology. Honestly, I didn't see much fault in that, as they did the best they could. Seems they made fun of the actors, more than looking at story, acting, or anything else really.

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The animation needs to be stellar if they plan on going in that direction. "Cats" was already bad (not that I'd seen it), but it was maligned over its technology. Honestly, I didn't see much fault in that, as they did the best they could. Seems they made fun of the actors, more than looking at story, acting, or anything else really.

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Cats' issue was that trying to translate what worked on stage using CGI and not quite pulling it off. With ThunderCats, I imagine they will try and get the characters looking like they do in the animated series plus because the characters aren't human, the uncanny valley you often see will be minimised.
 

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Cats' issue was that trying to translate what worked on stage using CGI and not quite pulling it off. With ThunderCats, I imagine they will try and get the characters looking like they do in the animated series plus because the characters aren't human, the uncanny valley you often see will be minimised
Curious to know if the characters would look more animalistic because if you do adapt in live-action what's been drawn you basically would still get Cats. Plus, there's still that live-action fan trailer with Brad Pitt, Vin Diesel, & Hugh Jackman
 

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Cats' issue was that trying to translate what worked on stage using CGI and not quite pulling it off. With ThunderCats, I imagine they will try and get the characters looking like they do in the animated series plus because the characters aren't human, the uncanny valley you often see will be minimised.
Curious to know if the characters would look more animalistic because if you do adapt in live-action what's been drawn you basically would still get Cats. Plus, there's still that live-action fan trailer with Brad Pitt, Vin Diesel, & Hugh Jackman
It's funny, cause Idris Elba would be my choice for Panthro. He is experienced, check his IMDB.

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I saw a comment on that animated test for thundercats from 2007 saying that if the Thundercats movie is going to animated (which I believe it going to be and now its happening), he said that they could recycle this animation test but change the main character to more of its 1980s or 2011 counterpart
 

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I think Vin Diesel or Ving Rhames would be better as Panthro.

Given their stellar work on films like Avatar, the Planet of the Apes Trilogy, Thanos in Avengers to name but a few, WETA should be the ones to do the CGI for a ThunderCats movie.
 
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