Thundercats, Ho! Yes, finally there is a Thundercats movie coming and it was really only a matter of time. As someone who was born in the 70’s and grew up in the 80’s I am well placed to feel the nostalgic pull of Thundercats. I had the toys, watched all the cartoons, read comics etc. However since the end of that initial animated 80’s series Thundercats has shot down in my geek meter. An ill advised attempt to reboot the animated show just didn’t work for me and by that time I was a dad myself. Yet, my Xbox clan is called the Bumdercats and we do use the Thundercats symbol.
There is potential here, and WB thinks Adam Wingard, director of Godzilla Vs. Kong is the man to realize it. According to Deadline, WB is moving forward with a Thundercats movie and Wingard has been tapped to direct. The movie is being developed by Rideback’s Dan Lin and Vertigo’s Roy Lee, from a script by Simon Barrett.
Now, what we do need to cover is the fact that it does not look like this is a live-action movie.
“I heard there was a Thundercats script out there and it happened to be set up with some of my producers on Death Note,” the filmmaker tells Deadline. “I asked them, I want to rewrite this script with my friend [and frequent collaborator] 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.”
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“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. 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.”
One wonders if this movie could be something which serves as a sequel to the original animated show, rather than a reboot? I’m not gonna lie, I was more excited when I read the headline until I saw the CGI/animation part, and then I kinda got deflated. I’m not dissing animation, or saying I cannot enjoy it. I will always prefer something that is live-action though, that’s just my taste. Though I do get what Wingard means about the dangers of making cat people work in live-action.
I hope Thundercats is a good movie and Wingard is the right director for the job. I have not yet seen Godzilla Vs. King, so I have nothing good or bad to say about Wingard at this time. I do hope to catch that movie this week though. Are you excited for a Thundercats movie helmed by Adam Wingard?