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From Variety.com ...
'Thundercats' Movie Revived
With 'Godzilla vs. Kong' Director Adam Wingard
Thundercats are on the move, again.
"Godzilla vs. Kong" director Adam Wingard is attached to
helm a computer-animated adaptation of the beloved 1980s
Rankin Bass animated series "Thundercats" for Warner
Bros., from a script Wingard will write with frequent
collaborator Simon Barrett ("You're Next," "The Guest").
Dan Lin of Rideback and Roy Lee of Vertigo, who produced
Wingard's film "Death Note," were already attached to
produce the film with a script by David Coggeshall when
Wingard signed on, but Wingard and Barrett are starting
The original series, which aired from 1985 to 1989, was
revived for a single season Cartoon Network in 2011, and
then again in 2020 under the title "Thundercats Roar."
But as a feature film, "Thundercats" has been a tricky
project to crack for the studio, which has hired a small
parade of screenwriters and producers since at least 2007
to bring a movie to life. The underlying story is at once
relatively simple - a team of humanoid cat-people (or
cat-like humans) like Lion-O, Panthro, and Cheetara fight
the evil wizard Mumm-Ra on the planet of Third Earth -
and surprisingly complicated, with a mix of technological
space sci-fi and swords-and-sorcery fantasy. There's the
mystical blade that holds the Eye of Thundera and the
Ancient Spirits of Evil, and then antagonistic aliens
like the Mutants of Plun-Darr and the Lunataks.
In an interview with Deadline, which first reported the
news, Wingard made clear he is not interested in making a
"Cats"-style live-action version of "Thundercats," and
wants instead to take a CGI-approach to the visuals that
would embrace the "'80s aesthetic" of the original series.
"I don't want to reinvent the way they look; I want them
to look like Thundercats," Wingard said. "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."