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Thundercats Are Coming Back Again, This Time As A Movie


Warner Bros just can’t leave the Thundercats alone. You would think the most recent attempt would have poisoned the brand forever, but the studio just won’t give up. This time, they have their hearts set on a feature film, and they’ve pulled in Adam Wingard to direct.

Who’s Wingard? All you need to know is that his latest project is lighting up screens both big and small very soon: Godzilla Vs. Kong. Clearly he knows a thing or two about spectacle, but does he know Thundercats?

He wants you to know he lives, breathes, eats, sleeps and farts Thundercats, so much so that his butt goes “HOOOOO!” every time. “Nobody on this planet knows or has thought as much about Thundercats as I have,” Wingard insisted to a Deadline reporter today. The man is so devoted that he already wrote the movie script…in high school. 272 pages, all by hand, and he still has the stack if anyone needs it. This movie is happening because he went to the people in charge of the property, not the other way around.

So the enthusiasm is there. But is it really a good idea to be thinking about a live-action movie where people look like cats, considering THAT earth has been salted as well? Not so fast. The first assumption would be that this is live-action, but it isn’t. Reportedly the film will use CGI Thundercats on realistic backgrounds. “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 [my friend] Simon Barrett and I are getting into the script now.”

It’s not impossible to create a Thundercats remake with some kind of dignity. Arguably the best incarnation of the property to date was the 2011 series that aired on Cartoon Network and didn’t sell enough toys to get through two seasons. Y’know what? Let’s give Wingard a chance. I know we’ve been burned before, but he has the passion to see this through.

Besides, if it stinks, it’s not our fault — we just bring you the news. The Thundercats movie project currently has no release date.