Warner Bros is allegedly so impressed with director Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs Kong that they have selected him to bring another iconic franchise to the big screen:
The classic 80’s cartoon, Thundercats.
The big-scale feature is based on an animated TV series that ran from 1985-89 by Rankin Bass, and several other iterations, comic books and merchandise.
The project had been developed by Rideback’s Dan Lin and Vertigo’s Roy Lee (they were producers on the Wingard-directed Death Note), with an early script by David Coggeshall. Wingard will rewrite a script with Simon Barrett, and will turn all this into a hybrid of CGI and animation. The series focuses on a group of cat-like humanoid aliens who live on the dying planet Thundera. The ThunderCats are force to flee their homeland.
The film will use the animated series as a jumping-off point, but then Wingard will take it in a direction he has been thinking about for many years. Check out the director interview that follows right below this to fully understand just how deep that passion is. It is noteworthy that this makes Wingard the first filmmaker to sign a deal with Warner Bros since its parent WarnerMedia surprised every director of a WB film by putting the 2021 slate on HBO Max along with its U.S. theatrical debut.
Wingard’s highly anticipated Godzilla vs Kong stomps it’s way into select theaters in the United States on March 31st. However, most people will be able to see the team monsters slap each other around from the comfort of their home on HBO Max.