ThunderCats Movie Already in Development?

Speculation over a live-action treatment of the popular cartoon characters has peaked recently; find out what Warner Bros representatives have to say about the rumor after the jump...

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By multipurposeponi - 6/10/2010


Over the past several months, fans of the hit cartoon series Thundercats have had plenty of news and speculation to chew on. First, a possible script for a live-action film was leaked online. This month, it was officially announced that a new ThunderCats animated series will re-introduced on the Cartoon Network sometime next year. Lastly, images and rumors from the Licensing International Expo currently underway in Las Vegas, Nevada, hint at the reality of a live-action treatment for the property. But is there any validity to this information?


CBM Scooper Clay was able to contact the Warner Bros Press Office yesterday in an effort to bring light to the recent rumors. He was able to find out that a ThunderCats film is in the process of being made into a motion picture but has not been officially 'green lit' by the studio. With this information I reached out to my source at Warner Bros, who happens to be working the floor of the Licensing Expo. Though he wishes to remain anonymous at this time, he did say,

"It all depends on how well the [animated] series is received. [The studio] is actively working on turning ThunderCats into a film, but it's going to demand a gigantic budget for effects alone. But, yes, it is currently in the pipeline."

When I asked if studio representatives are actually peddling the idea of a ThunderCats film at the Expo, he said,

"We're slowly finding out exactly how marketable the property is as a stand-alone brand. First comes the series, then the movie. As long as it's well received and worth the risk."

There you have it, folks. If you're waiting for the day a live-action, or Avatar-esque, TunderCats movie hits theaters, you'd better show your support for it now more than ever.



For those of you who aren't aware of the ThunderCats story line, here's the synopsis: 'ThunderCats follows the adventures of an eponymous team of cat-like humanoid aliens from the planet Thundera. The series pilot begins with the dying Thundera meeting its end, forcing the ThunderCats (a sort of Thunderean nobility) to flee their homeworld. The fleet is attacked by the Thundereans's enemies, the Mutants of Plun-Darr, who destroy all the starships in the "ThunderFleet," but spare the flagship hoping to capture the legendary mystic Sword of Omens they believe is onboard. The sword holds the Eye of Thundera, the source of the ThunderCats' power, which is embedded in the hilt. Though the Mutants damage the flagship, the power of the Eye drives them back, and Lion-O's elderly guardian, Jaga, volunteers to pilot the ship to the safety of the world of "Third Earth"; however, he dies in the process, because the journey to Third Earth took several decades due to damage to their ship. The flagship contains the young Lord of the ThunderCats, Lion-O, as well as the ThunderCats Cheetara, Panthro, Tygra, WilyKit and WilyKat, and Snarf.

When the ThunderCats awake from their suspended animation on Third Earth, Lion-O discovers that his suspension capsule has only slowed his aging, and he is now a child in the body of a man. Together, the ThunderCats and the friendly natives of Third Earth construct the "Cat's Lair," their new home and headquarters, but before long, the Mutants have tracked them down to Third Earth. The intrusion of these two alien races upon the world does not go unnoticed, however - the demonic, mummified sorcerer, Mumm-Ra, recruits the Mutants to aid him in his campaign to acquire the Eye of Thundera and destroy the ThunderCats so that his evil might continue to hold sway over Third Earth.'





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DaenerysTargaryen - 6/10/2010, 11:21 AM
cool
claybo4131 - 6/10/2010, 11:22 AM
Dont forget there was that script that was leaked online, that didnt have Snarf and had a "Cloud City" on Third Earth
Ryden - 6/10/2010, 11:23 AM
@starsapphire- FISTER!!

anyway I'd love to see a ThunderCats film!!
DaenerysTargaryen - 6/10/2010, 11:23 AM
@clay
I know I read it. :D
Shaman - 6/10/2010, 11:25 AM
GIT-R-DONE!!!

Spock - 6/10/2010, 11:25 AM
I would love to see this!
This is the best Thundercat site I've seen in a while!
http://www.thundercatsho.com/
DaenerysTargaryen - 6/10/2010, 11:28 AM
god Snarf is F8cking annoying.
fanboiii - 6/10/2010, 11:30 AM
claybo4131 - 6/10/2010, 11:32 AM
@star I think we have all seen that well done fan made trailer.

Who can you see playing the Thundercats?
Sithsidious66 - 6/10/2010, 11:32 AM
What could possibly can offer this apparently lame movie?
Spock - 6/10/2010, 11:33 AM
Shaman U know he is from my state, good oh Nebraska. Dam Huskers are switching to the Big 10!
claybo4131 - 6/10/2010, 11:34 AM
That pic of Carrot Top is disturbing, I dont want to see it again please
DaenerysTargaryen - 6/10/2010, 11:34 AM
@clay
Don't know. Never been much of a thundercats fan...plus I'm not very good at fan casts.
Wadey09 - 6/10/2010, 11:35 AM
cool find @Multi!!!
i wouldn't mind a live adaptation of Thundercats as long as they don't make major character changes.
man i haven't seen this show in ages!
i hope it pans out!

btw don't forget to chack out Part VII of my Spider-man story! just click the pic!
PWhite - 6/10/2010, 11:36 AM
Wow dont kno bout this 1. I was a fan of the cartoon, but i dont know bout a movie. Ya that pic of carrot top is enough to make a baby cry.
McLovin - 6/10/2010, 11:37 AM
childhood dream come true if this happens!!!

@ tea -HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@ Shaman - YOU TELL'EM BRO!!!

THUNDER CATS, HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
jaycranney - 6/10/2010, 11:37 AM
Does anyone have the script that was leaked? Would love to have a read through it.
ecksmanfan - 6/10/2010, 11:48 AM
Giddy up!
ThaMessenger07 - 6/10/2010, 11:48 AM
I want to play Lion-O! lol Id love to see this.......And.....I Want To Play Lion-O
superdog - 6/10/2010, 11:54 AM
as long as they dont give it to michael bay. and they need to hurry up on the Jem movie, im waiting for that one.
ElBicho - 6/10/2010, 12:04 PM
No Bay or Ratner, and it's got a shot!
LEEE777 - 6/10/2010, 12:18 PM
I'll believe it, when i see it!

But fingers crossed, would be fantastic!!!
claybo4131 - 6/10/2010, 12:20 PM
@star I was asking everyone not just you :)

Who can anyone see playing whom in it.

@jay in the related news, click on the link that has Possible script leaked, it then will send you to that page then click on the link to Thundercats Lair and you will find it there.
Shaman - 6/10/2010, 12:28 PM
I like The Thundercats because of all the HOOOOOOOOOES!!!
supersoldier88 - 6/10/2010, 12:32 PM
awesome news i love the thunder cats..live action will b awesome.i think cgi like adevnt childern will amazin also
SHAZAM171 - 6/10/2010, 12:35 PM
YES!!! I can't wait!!! LOL




Shaman - 6/10/2010, 12:41 PM
I can't wait for them to release the porn adaptation: The ThunderPussies!!!
Nemesys - 6/10/2010, 12:50 PM
"Ancient spirits of Evil, transform this decayed form, into Muuuuuuuuum-Raaaaaaaaa, the Ever-Living!!!" Bwaaahaaaahaaaahaaaa!! My freakin' favorite cartoon as a young teen!!! Can't wait! I hope they show Mumm-mutt too!
Nemesys - 6/10/2010, 12:52 PM
And Cheetara was the sexiest toon chick alive, next to Jessica Rabbit of course!
ThaMessenger07 - 6/10/2010, 1:12 PM
@ Shaman: You can't take that I was making my first indie smut film named just that.

@ Nemesys: I'd make that purrr

@ claybo4131: I can see myself Playing Lion-O. lol And Michael Jai White playing Panthro
supersoldier88 - 6/10/2010, 1:29 PM
@ shazam dude where the hell u get thoise pics so awesome especailly the first lion o pic.omg
KingRob - 6/10/2010, 1:34 PM
Rebecca Romijn (Mysitque) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Beauty and the Beast) have played good parts with a ton of makeup. Cheetara and possiblly Lynxo? Or maybe Panthro for Perlman. But after that trailer, I can't see anyone else as Panthro beside big goofy Vin Diesel.
SHAZAM171 - 6/10/2010, 1:36 PM
@supersoldier88 - ThanX bro, I have an extensive collection of sci fi/action/comic book pics. I have 3 computers filled with pics, LOL. I want to share them all with my CBM peeps. So look out for cool and original pics that I post and let me know what you guys think. I am an artist and my epic drawing called IMENSE POWER is coming soon. Look for it here on CBM only. CHEERS. ; )
KingRob - 6/10/2010, 1:37 PM
We really should admit that the cartoon sucked though. Just like He-Man sucked. So I don't care if they change character traits. As long as Lion-O is the crown prince, for lack of a better word.
KingRob - 6/10/2010, 1:37 PM
Rebecca Romijn (Mysitque) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Beauty and the Beast) have played good parts with a ton of makeup. Cheetara and possiblly Lynxo? Or maybe Panthro for Perlman. But after that trailer, I can't see anyone else as Panthro beside big goofy Vin Diesel.
ThaMessenger07 - 6/10/2010, 1:43 PM
No Me as Lion-O lol
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/10/2010, 1:47 PM
I wanna see this movie happen!!:)

Chris Hemsworth as Lion-O
Max Von Sydow or Liam Neeson as Jaga
supersoldier88 - 6/10/2010, 1:48 PM
@ shazam will do bro..u gotta email me some of that am a 3d modeler i would to see the things u have for refrence..
thwhtGuardian - 6/10/2010, 2:02 PM
[frick]in' sweet
ThaMessenger07 - 6/10/2010, 2:04 PM
ThaMessenger For Lion-O!

But Hemsworth would be awesome
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