The trades are announcing severl movie deals that our audience may find of interest:
§ First, Warner’s is making a THUNDERCATS movie:
Studio has optioned a script by tyro scribe Paul Sopocy to turn the popular 1980s animated series and toy line into a live action feature.
Warner-based Paula Weinstein will produce through her Spring Creek Prods. banner, along with Dick Robertson and Lew Korman.
Property revolves around a group of humanoid cats (with feline names like Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro and Cheetara) who must flee their planet of Thundera after it’s destroyed. Once crash-landing on another planet, Third Earth, they must thwart Mumm-Ra, an evil sorcerer, bent on killing them off.
Speaking of “Thwarting Mumm-Ra”? We hear a little Cialis takes care of that in a jiffy.
§ Next up, Terry Brook’s Shannara fantasy franchise has also been optioned once again by Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. has acquired screen rights to “The Shannara,” the bestselling fantasy book series by Terry Brooks. Dan Farah, who brought the project to the studio, is negotiating to be involved in a producing capacity through his Farah Films banner. Talks are under way to bring a financier aboard, with Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media among several angling to fund the film. Brooks is the second biggest-selling living fantasy book writer, after Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. WB has franchise hopes for his 14-book series, which is set 1,000 years in the future, in a world populated by elves, trolls, gnomes and dwarves in a post-apocalyptic Earth.
According to the piece, author Brooks had avoiding optioning the films until now.
§ And finally, the life of comics pioneer William C. Gainesmay be made into a film.
The life story of renowned publisher William M. Gaines, the man behind EC Comics’ “Tales From the Crypt” and Mad magazine, is headed for the big screen. Joel Eisenberg and his Iron Mountain Media have picked up the life rights to Gaines’ story and aim to produce a biopic, “Ghoulishly Yours, William M. Gaines.” The film, which Eisenberg is writing, will center on an anti-establishment group of comic-book creators, led by a reluctant Gaines, as they produce their controversial yet hugely popular line of comic books. Among their creations was the popular “Crypt,” which eventually brought Gaines to Senate subcommittee hearings over accusations that the material served to perpetuate juvenile delinquency.
Okay everyone! Who will play Graham Ingels, Johnny Craig and Frank Frazetta, not to mention Ben Day.