(Note: The picture isn’t entirely relevant, but it’s fucking awesome)
“ThunderCats are on the move, ThunderCats are loose”. Boy, that quote ain’t kidding. Fans of the 80s hit cartoon series have had a lot to chew on these past few months.
First, was the sad and disturbing news of the murder of ThunderCats creator Stephen Perry. The 56 year old writer, who brought such imagination to a generation, was jobless and living in a van with his 5-year son like a nomad. He had gone missing for 2 weeks until his body was discovered on May 16th in his van, parked at a Tampa, FL hotel. More of his remains were found in a dumpster at a gas station two miles fom his ransacked home. Roommates of Perry are suspected of the crime but the case is still open.
Second, there was the official announcement that a brand spankin new ThunderCats animated series is in the works. Which, will be introduced sometime next year on the Cartoon Network (YAY?).
Third, is the awesome new mini statue/ non-action figure line from Icon Heroes that are in early production. These figures will commemorate the classic cartoon, not the proposed new one. Besides incredible detailed statues of your favorite characters the toy license will also include vehicle and environmental dioramas (woo hoo).
Well, NOW there are hints of a live-action treatment for the property.
Though, there has been talks, across the interwebs of a live-action ThunderCats movie going on for some time now, we have some confirmation that it is on Warner Bros. agenda. CBM caught up with a source at the Warner Bros. Press Office to bring light to the recent rumors. They were 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. Their source at WB , who wished to remain anonymous had this to 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.”
“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.”
So there you have it. Provided fans eat up all the new ThunderCats stuff coming up a movie is in the pipline.
For those of you who aren’t aware of the ThunderCats storyline, 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.’