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Thundercats Hoooo! WB Taps Director Adam Wingard for Thundercats

Thundercats Hoooo! WB Taps Director Adam Wingard for Thundercats

Director Adam Wingard is the director of Godzilla vs. Kong.  Warner Bros has tapped him to direct a CGI-animated Thundercats film.  Wingard is a big fan of the 80s cartoon version of The Thundercats.

The Thundercats first aired  in 1985.  This popular animated series ran for 4 seasons.  The final episode aired in 1989 but lives on in the hearts of the fans.

The Thundercats are a small group of Thunderans  that come from the planet Thundera.   They consist of the young Lord of the ThunderCats and wielder of Sword of Omens , Lion-O.  He is joined by Cheetara, Panthro, Tygra, WilyKit and WilyKat, and Snarf.  They escaped Thundera right before it was destroyed. Their ship crashes into Third Earth.

On Third Earth lives a Centuries-old embodiment of evil named Mumm-Ra.  Mumm-Ra is a master of magic.  He leads a group mutants that act has his henchmen in way to control Third Earth and combat The Thundercats.

Here is what Director Adam Wingard had to say about Thundercats.

ThunderCats is a dream project for me. When I was in high school, I was obsessed with it. You’d think at that point, I was a little too old, that my years of obsession with ThunderCats would be when I was 6 years old. My real obsession with ThunderCats came in high school, the pinnacle of me deciding I wanted to be a filmmaker, and pushing in that direction…I actually spent most of my 10th grade year, I completely blew it. I didn’t pay attention in school, made terrible grades. And the reason? I was writing my ThunderCats screenplay through my entire 10th grade year. And I was hand-writing it. The screenplay itself ended up being 272 pages long. I still have it. It was one of those things where I would carry around my notebooks and talk about it. I didn’t even realize the kids in my class were making fun of me as they would ask me questions about my ThunderCats screenplay. It was only one day my friends asked me and I was excitedly telling him all these things about my ThunderCats screenplay. And I heard him turn around to some of the girls in the class, these were girls I had crushes on, and he’s making fun of me for writing ThunderCats! Because it was ridiculous. But that was the first moment where I had a though that maybe I would not be able to make the ThunderCats movie. I thought, am I crazy for obsessing over this, thinking it’s something you can just do? As it turns out, when you’re a kid in Alabama with no resources or connections to filmmaking, it is impossible to make a ThunderCats film. But flash forward, 20 years later and here we are.

I’m in a place where Godzilla vs. Kong has gone well with Warner Bros. They love the movie, as we were wrapping it. I heard there was a ThunderCats script out there and it happened to be set up with some of my producers on Death Note. I asked them, I want to rewrite this script with my friend 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. 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. I 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.  (Deadline)

Thundercats were an amazing fun 80s cartoon.  I cannot wait to see what they do.

(Via Deadline)

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