Anyone remember a campy television show called Manimal that managed to worm its way into the year of 1983? If not, don’t worry about it. It only ran for 8 episodes, after all. Well, in the tradition of recycling that has become the mainstay in Hollywood, they’ll be bringing this old property to life once more. Yes, they’re working on a Manimal movie adaptation. Don’t expect a serious incarnation of the story, however, as it’s a Will Ferrell project.
The original series revolved around Dr. Jonathan Chase. He was a super hero of sorts, fighting crime with the help of his nifty ability to transform into whatever animal he felt like, though a hawk and a black panther were his go-to critters. He worked with the police to bring the bad guys in. Needless to say, it wasn’t the best thing on television at the time.
Now, it will be up to Ferrell, along with Adam McKay and Jimmy Miller, to bring the new Manimal to life. The next step in that process is to pin down a director worthy of this golden project. But why bother even making this film in the first place? When explaining the why of it, McKay had this to say:
“I think it’s right down our alley, it’s what we do. It’s tongue-in-cheek and has an action component, but overall it’s a comedy.”
“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.”
And with those words, it’s pretty obvious that McKay and his team are aiming for something that will combine screwball action scenes with all the camp that made the original Manimal so infamous. There’s no word on whether Ferrell will be acting in the film in addition to producing it, but I’d put money on us seeing him in the starring role. It sounds like a character right up Ferrell’s alley and, in my opinion, one that could hardly be done better by anyone else.