When news broke that Sony was looking to do a big screen reboot of Manimal – NBC’s 1983 show about a guy who fights crime by turning into animals – I too probably flipped a table at how creatively bankrupt Hollywood is these days. The show was a flop (only lasted like 8 episodes) and is legendarily panned as one of the stupidest ideas a coked out 80s studio exec could conjure up. Why is Manimal getting sent to the big screen when there are so many other great shows borne out of the minds of skinny tie wearing, nose candy loving, execs.

Go get your Duran Duran casstte tape and go pop some fresh batteries into the Walkman, because after the jump we’re going over (our by no means definitive) list of six TV shows that would make better movies than Manimal. (more…)

Life is Complete: Manimal Movie Now in the Works

Somewhere between Battlestar Galactica and One West Waikiki, prolific TV producer Glen A. Larson co-created a series called Manimal, and because everything old is exploitable, we will soon be enjoying a Manimal movie on big screens everywhere.

It was the fall of 1983, Reagan was President of a crime plagued America and only one man could cut through the bureaucratic red tape was a man, who could become an animal… A Manimal! The series followed Dr. Jonathan Chase (Simon MacCorkindale), a good looking rich bastard who could shape shift into an animal, usually a hawk or a panther, and used it to fight crime alongside a pair of police officers.

In case that explanation went over your head, here’s the oh, so 80s opening sequence that preceded every episode of Manimal.

Hard to believe NBC scheduled this beauty up against Dallas Friday nights, huh?

Well, apparently Larson is going to double down on Manimal as The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that he’s taking a position as producer on a big budget, big screen Hollywood remake of Manimal. Sadly, MacCorkindale died in 2010 so he won’t be able to be a part of the project, but let the casting process begin! Who might be able to fill the shoes, and paws and claws of Dr. Jonathan Chase? My money’s on Christian Bale because, well, that would be awesome.

Obviously, we’ll keep you posted with news as it develops.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Are the Thundercats No More? (Update)


Thundercats, Thundercats, Thundercats… no. Despite generally positive reviews and moderate ratings success, Cartoon Network released it’s coming lineup in advance of it’s upfront presentation sans Lion-O and the other Thundercats. In addition to that, according to Topless Robot, Bandai had no new products to show from their Thundercats toy line at Toy Fair, another sign that the show may have used up the last of it’s 9 lives.

What’s replacing the Third Earth felines? Among other things, a new live-action half-hour long sketch show with Nick Cannon. I don’t know about you, but I just did a sort of dry heave, full body shiver after reading that.

We’ve made an attempt to reach out to Cartoon Network in an effort to get confirmation of the Thundercats‘ demise, but Space Ghost seemed to be in a withholding mood when I spoke with him earlier, still, check back for updates and also to give us repeat hits… *maniacal laugh* *maniacal laugh*

Update: Apparently I spent too much time honing my maniacal laugh skills, and not enough time checking Cartoon Network’s Saturday Morning lineup. Thundercats LIVES! Every Saturday at 9:30 AM on Cartoon Network. The second season began on March 24th, this according to the network.

I screwed up, flat and simple. Many, many sites ran with this story and in the ghetto of internet journalism, that is usually enough. I and many, many others followed the smoke, not the fire. I apologize.

Source: Topless Robot via Toy News International


Aykroyd and Chase to Re-Team for New Comedy

Someone pass me a box of Dan Aykroyd wine, Ray Stanz wants to write a movie and this time he doesn’t have to be afraid of Bill Murray’s paper shredder. According to Geek Tyrant, Aykroyd and his Spies Like Us and Nothing But Trouble co-star Chevy Chase are preparing to get to work on a script for a comedy that can, I think, accurately be hyped as the 8th most anticipated direct to DVD comedy of February 2014. Seriously, unless we’re all about to drunkely stumble into a hot tub time machine, this feels like it might be a really bad idea. Comics can loose their fastball and Aykroyd hasn’t written anything good since the late 80s, preferring to instead recycle past projects like Coneheads, The Blues Brothers, and of course, Ghostbusters.

Here’s Aykroyd gushing about the thrill of working with Chase again…

Chevy (Chase) and I are about to start work on a script concept for a comedy movie. Cannot say too much about the concept, but the joy of working with him again is one that I am extremely excited about. Chevy is one of my favourite people, and one of the great anarchistic and physically committed comedians in the business.

As for Chase, well, people have only just started liking him again thanks to his work on Community, so this is an odd way to spend that capital. Still, there could possibly be some nostalgic value squeezed out of this thing if they surround themselves with the right people — though that doesn’t always pan out, just look at Aykroyd’s former writing partner Harold Ramis and the train wreck that was Year One.

The Interwebz is a great place for nerdy art and the like. A lot of the time it’s crazy things like Wonder Woman dressing on the invisible jet, Skeletor getting ribbed for your pleasure, and other weird shit. There are also a lot of awesome (non soul destroying) things that we see on a daily basis, and we round them up for your viewing pleasure.

ABOVE: Isn’t it nice to see two super heroines getting along with each other, especially when their done incredibly well by deviant artist Ricken? Now if only they would take part in that all girls sleepover over in the watchtower, two words. Epic pillow fight. [Deviantart]

Hit the jump for The Walking Dead, Minimalist Avenger Posters, a shot of Catwoman’s treasure and MOAR!

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Batgirl and Robin as cosplayed by Deviantart user Champagne-meat. Batgirl looks good…except for the yellow dish washing gloves. And Robin? Well…I’m sexually confused by it. (GAS)


Killer Klowns from Outer Space, the 80’s cult-classic film, is about alien clowns who come and earth to eat humans. Their special technique for eating humans is by spinning them into gigantic gobs of cotton candy and then sucking out their fluids through a straw (as seen above).  It is because of this film that I learned the word “coulrophobia”, the fear of clowns. This movie, along with that fucking awful clown from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, completely turned happy-faced lookin’ mother fuckers against me. I am also slightly turned off by cotton candy.  Anyway…

The original creators are preparing for another Killer Klowns flick in 2012.  The Chiodo Brothers (Charles, Edward & Stephen) have been talking up the possibility of a Klowns sequel at horror conventions all year.  The brothers have deemed their new film a “requel,” calling it a sort of melding between reboot and sequel, and it seems the new movie is marching toward a release sometime soon

Back in June, actor Grant Cramer (who played Mike Tobacco in the first Killer Klowns) told blogger Freddy in Space that he will reprise his role, and play a kind of mentor figure to two younger characters. He also provided an update on where production was headed at the time.

“We have a script and a commitment for all our funding but the money can’t be spent until we have a distribution deal in place so that’s where we are – talking to distributors,” he said.

Cramer also noted that the Chiodos are putting together a new batch of Killer Klowns for the occasion. The project also has a title: The Return of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space in 3D. Be sure to check out the  teaser trailer and isit the flick’s official Facebook page .

The original film is one of those flicks that always comes up in drunk conversation. Goes something like:  *hiccup* hey…remember Killer Klowns From Outer Space? Hahaha…yeaaaa, good flick. Or, Shiiiiiiiit that movie made me hate clowns, GAWD!. Either way, everyone remembers it. Love it or not, it’s a piece of 80’s nostalgia. And hey, it had a better love story than Twilight.

With that said, would you welcome a sequel? Could it work?  Discuss in the comment section below.

Source: Blastr

There are a lot of bad movies floating around, and there are a lot of bad songs that go along with them. Action films — particularly those from the 1980s — have many of the worst soundtracks, and yet some of our most iconic verses have come from Rocky, The Karate Kid and so forth. Did any of the Members Only-jacket-wearing producers at the time know this would happen? Of course not. Will they take credit for our love of cheesy lyrics and guitar solos? Absolutely.
After the jump, check out 10 oddly mesmerizing songs from the action films of yesteryear. Fair warning: these songs will suck up valuable brain space, and you’ll be singing them for hours.


I grew up watching Voltron in the 80′s and loved the shit out of it. 5 five space explorers who pilot robotic lions that combine to form Voltron, an invincible guardian sworn to defend the Universe. What’s not to love? Hehe, oh man…I’m getting all nostalgic replaying the theme opener in my head. Anyway, a live-action Voltron flick has been rumored for years. It will eventually happen and it will undoubtedly suck, no 80’s  gold has been served well in the Noughties ( 00’s). However, fan-films are always there to save the day. And here’s a nifty Voltron short film created by YouTube user alexalbrecht00 called Voltron: The End.

Unfortunately, there is no action, nor shots of Voltron in full. It’s just 3 minutes of the dude who plays Detective Lassiter on Psych (Luke FACT: Psych is in my top 5 fav. shows.) regaining consciousness in a Voltron battle lion after an “accident”. He has to decide does he live a few more minutes or try to tell the world what happened… the end is only the beginning. Something like that.

Uh… is it me or did Lassie say “what whores lay ahead?”

There was more drama in this clip than in the last two Transformers films. As someone growing up with Voltron, this was a satisfying cocktease of what could be.

Squee! Complete Series of M.A.S.K. Coming to DVD!

Every generation thinks their generation was the best. Being a child of the 80’s, I of course am a defender of the decade. Though, I will admit there are a number of things from those glorious times that haven’t quite held up. Members Only Jackets, Pet Rock, Mullets and Bill Cosby to name a few. One thing that stands true is the cartoons. My god, we had it good! The kids today and their crap anime-style cartoons that are all flash and no substance, have no idea what a quality action-adventure cartoon is. A clear example of effective programing was M.A.S.K. That shit was dope. Literally, it was the dumbest concept. With special power-granting masks and a garage of special militarized vehicles, Matt Trakker and his Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, kept the world safe from Mayhem and the villainy of V.E.N.O.M (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem). Yeaaaaa… Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem, I said it was stupid. Regardless of how silly the characters and premise were, the action and heroism hit all the right notes. Plus the theme song was EPIC! *Ahem* excuse me well I get all nostalgic:

“Mask crusaders, Working all the time, fighting crime, fighting crime! Secret raiders, who will neutralise, as soon as they arrive, Trekker’s gonna lead the mission, And Spectum’s got such super vision, M-m-m-MASK! Is the mighty power that can save the day, m-m-m-MASK! No-one knows what lies behind their masquerades! M-m-m-MASK! Always riding on Venom’s trail, Come see the Laser Rays, Fly away”…

Squee! Oh man, that theme song was one of the best. Right up there with Jaycee and the Wheeled Warriors.

Anyway, if you were a fan of M.A.S.K then you will shit your pants in excitement when you hear that it’s being released on DVD on August 9th 2011. Indeedo kiddo!

Here’s the full press release (after the break):