‘Avatar’ and ‘Thundercats’

Posted by · 9:15 am · December 29th, 2009

ThundercatsRandom, I know.  But allow my inner 6-year-old to have a moment here.

I guess there was a report somewhere over the holiday about how Warner Bros. had scrapped plans to film a live action “Thundercats” movie.  As a child of the 1980s, and speaking as a guy who may have had more He-Man action figures than Thundercats, but still liked the adventures of Third Earth a bit more than those of Eternia, I have to say, I’d love to see it happen.  I’ve just never had my hopes up.

But remember when the “Avatar” trailer first hit and everyone was saying the Na’vi looked like blue Thundercats?  It was obviously used as a pejorative at the time, but it didn’t click for me that, hey, you know what — we could do this now.

Let’s be real.  No one is going to spend “Avatar” money on a Thundercats film, and “Avatar” money is what you need to make it work.  But if the effects were as refined as they were on James Cameron’s epic, then I have to say, I’d be pretty stoked.

In a post over at io9, Meredith Woerner lays out the obvious:

So why get all gunshy over another alien features that not only has a bankable pre-existing audience, but more awesome cat people? Plus the merchandising alone has got to be making someone at Warner Brothers hungry. Hollywood, we urge you, this is one of the classic properties we want made into a film, we don’t need a Labyrinth remake or another Neverending Story, just one good Thundercats film.

Oh, and in case you missed that bad, ,but certainly dedicated faux trailer from a while back:

Alright, back to the awards race…

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  • 1 12-29-2009 at 9:43 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    I’ve never been a Thundercats fan, so I can’t really comment on the “awesomeness” of an Avatar-esque film adaptation of it.

    But I CAN comment on something awesome that happened to me on the way to San Pedro, Belize. The flight was delayed for about an hour, and while I was waiting outside the gate, Sofia Coppola herself walks in! It was the first time I had ever met a famous director before. She was with her family, so I didn’t bother her too much, but I did get a picture with her and I told her I was a big fan of her work. It was pretty amazing.

  • 2 12-29-2009 at 10:07 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Very cool.

  • 3 12-29-2009 at 10:07 am

    Loyal said...

    On the Avatar side of things, it made 19m yesterday. Projections are now 300m by Friday and 400m possibly as early as Jan 10th. The question now seems to be not if but when it’ll pass The Dark Knight.

    Exciting times for those who follow box office and who love big successful films not based on toys/board games/comic books/video games/youtube clips.

  • 4 12-29-2009 at 12:16 pm

    André said...

    I say you should direct it, as long as I get a cameo and an associate producer credit so I can get a cut when it makes a ton of bank!


  • 5 12-30-2009 at 2:59 pm

    Joe Leydon said...

    Hey, I would stand in line and buy a ticket for a decent “Thundercats: The Movie.” And, mind you, I became a fan only because I watched reruns on cable with my now 23-year-old son.

  • 6 12-30-2009 at 8:12 pm

    r4i software said...

    I just want to say that For all the grandeur and technical virtuosity of the mythical 3-D universe Cameron labored for years to perfect, his characters are one-dimensional, rarely saying anything unexpected. But for much of the movie, that hardly matters.

  • 7 3-02-2010 at 5:34 pm

    Toby said...

    Avatar totally sucks!

    Basically the entire movie is just Thundercats in Smurf village.