If you needed more proof that Hollywood is out of ideas and will reboot absolutely anything at this point, allow us to present exhibit number 463,321: Manimal.
If you had a life during an eight-week period in 1983, you may well have missed out on NBC’s Manimal, a show widely regarded as one of the worst in history. Simon MacCorkindale starred as a rich playboy who solved crimes with his ability to morph into any animal he wanted – a skill bestowed upon him by some African tribe. It was every bit as (wonderfully) terrible as it sounds – which means Hollywood is totally up for rebooting it.
News broke last night that Sony Pictures Animation has teamed up with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions and Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic to create a hybridized live-action-and-animation update of Manimal.
Reports are that the new version will reenvision the show as an action comedy with lots of visual effects and animated elements. Since the original Manimal was already an unintentional comedy, this might work.
McKay clearly understands the challenge inherent in bringing Manimal to the screen. Let's hope he and Ferrell do a better job here than they did with Land of the Lost.
“Like The Catcher in the Rye or The Sound and the Fury, Manimal has always been one of those elusive projects every producer dreams of taking to the silver screen. I know the movie will be funny and entertaining, but will it be the first film to win a Pulitzer? We’ll just have to see.”
With the production companies in place, plans are now to start the search for a director. We’ll bring you lots more on Manimal as details emerge. Until then, enjoy the opening credits, which provide you with the hilarious backstory of the show.
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