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Thundercats movie in the works

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ThundercatsWith Transformers set to storm the box office next month it seems that another 80s TV show is going to get the big screen treatment.

Marc Graser at Variety reports that Warner Bros have plans to turn Thundercats into a movie:

It’s Thundercats, ho! at Warner Bros.

Studio has optioned a script by tyro scribe Paul Sopocy to turn the popular 1980s animated series and toy line into a live action feature.

Warner-based Paula Weinstein will produce through her Spring Creek Prods. banner, along with Dick Robertson and Lew Korman.

Property revolves around a group of humanoid cats (with feline names like Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro and Cheetara) who must flee their planet of Thundera after it’s destroyed. Once crash-landing on another planet, Third Earth, they must thwart Mumm-Ra, an evil sorcerer, bent on killing them off.

Sopocy has written the script as an origin story expanding on the major heroes and villains from the animated series, with the plot focusing on Lion-O coming of age as the leader of the Thundercats.

Project was brought to Warner by Palek Patel, VP at Spring Creek. Dan Lin is overseeing the pic for Warners.

The Thundercats franchise began in 1983 and spawned several animated series, with the most recent airing on Cartoon Network, a toy line produced by LJN and comicbooks published by Marvel and DC imprints. Warner Bros. has owned the rights to the animated series since acquiring Telepictures Corp. in 1989.

For those unfamiliar with the show you can check out its worryingly large Wikipedia entry here.

Or you can check out the old TV intro below:

> Original story at Variety
> Thunderlair – Extensive Thundercats fansite

By Ambrose Heron

Editor of FILMdetail

21 replies on “Thundercats movie in the works”

MAKE THUNDERCATS:THE MOVE !!!!!

and follow the original tv series plot properly damnit…

Judging by recent films “based” on classic cartoons I don’t think we can expect much!
My prediction is Liono and Cheetara will fall in love (using lots of cheesy jokes along the way). Panthro will be pink and his nunchuks will be turned into pom poms – just to make it a little more american. And the final scenes will see Mumm-ra realising that evil is not the way forward, turning himself good. Liono and Cheetara will kiss as the film fades to a close.
Another Classic Cartoon ruined by a film!

Don’t ruin this by going over the top PLEASE. This was the next best thing after Transformers, and seeing the dismal effort of current release, ensure this is something that will remind rather then confuse the fans.

oh great u come so far now and i love too watch this movie…. when you will release this on big screen

i think them changing the movie to a CGI movie is a brave move, because the peolpe are wanting live action but it could work look at the recent Teenage mutant ninja turtles film thats easy the best one of the lot. lets hope aye

I think they should get Ving Rhames to play Panthro. He’d be perfect.

I loved TRANSFORMERS, Hope THUNDERCATS will be as good.

P.S. Live Action & C.G.I. would be best…

They need to make a Thundercats movie. It would probably be awesome and I know a lot of people would go see it.

Please make this into a movie it was the only thing i looked forward to watching as a kidd on tv but please dont ruin it

I loved watching this show as a kid. I would love to see it made into a movie…include lots of action for myself and for those other fans who loved the show. Then it will be a big hit

less strategizing, more fighting!

Please make this into a great movie!!loved thundercats when i was a kid and still do.

I Love the thunder cats ok im now 31 but have gone out n bought both dvd box sets and have enjoyed recapturing my youth.I Just want to say YES make a Dam good film.but NO to CGI it will chepen it.put some cash in to it and do it well or i will boycot all WB films.ahhh glad i got that off my chest

they should make a film of it but FOLLOW THE BLOODY CARTOON! all films based upon retro cartoons and video games have been shit all us fans want a better film after we saw the crap at the movies. all characters n all no crap!

I have heard that they are making Thundercats the movie a cgi and not live action. If they make the movie live action then we should get a peitition saying to make the movie live action.

When I was in the hospital when I was younger, this…is….all I used to watch!! MAKE IT!!! HURRRRY!!!!! Well not to quick, make it right 😉 It also seems the original writer is working on it….so perhaps it will stay true XD!!!

I would like to watch Thundercats the movie but animated, something like Final Fantasy, would be a great movie..!!

Please promote this kind of movies…!!

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