What do you do after you’ve created one of the most reviled and despised reimaginings of a classic series in the last ten years? Try, try again. Warner Bros. announced today they’re looking into producing a new version of The Powerpuff Girls, after the most recent attempt on Cartoon Network bombed. However, instead of getting closer to the McCracken original, this third version will be like nothing anyone’s ever seen before. It’s….certainly not what we were expecting.
Ready for this? The proposed series is a live-action version for The CW, executive-produced by (who the heck else) Greg Berlanti, about a twentysomething Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup who have long given up their crime-fighting days and now just lounge around depressed about their lost childhoods. Hired on to shape this SNL sketch of an idea into a full-fledged series is Diablo Cody of Juno fame.
As you might expect, the city of Townsville is falling back into crime again and the girls are forced to dig their baby-sized onesies out of the closet and re-learn how to save the world. No word on how much CGI it’s going to take to bring the Puffs’ rogues gallery to life….or perhaps they’ll just stick a man in a monkey suit and call him Mojo Jojo.
What most bothers us about this proposal is, it’s the kind of cynical thing you do with BAD cartoons, not ones that were good enough to bring back as they were (with the guidance of the original creator, that is). Alas, Craig McCracken is not involved this time either, and will be playing the role he played last time of just standing in front of his TV, mournfully watching his children get mutilated.
Maybe if the live-action Powerpuff Girls show does well enough, we’ll get a live-action version of Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends where Mac and Bloo are now much older and just sit around smoking weed, much like the movie Ted. It can’t miss!