Thundercats to claw at big screen

By Tim Surette

Jun 06, 2007

With the buzz around the upcoming Transformers movie in full swing, Hollywood is scrambling to get other 1980s kiddy properties in the production pipeline.

Transformers is being released by Dreamworks and Paramount early next month, Warner Bros. revealed that it is working on a live-action version of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and now, another fond childhood memory is getting prepped for the silver screen.

Warner Bros. has optioned a script based on Thundercats, the 1980s afternoon cartoon featuring cat-like humanoids battling an evil sorcerer in a futuristic sci-fi setting, says Variety. The program saw the man-kitties flee their unstable home of Thundera for safer ground, fight for peace under the guidance of their leader Lion-O, and utter their trademark rally call, "Thundercats...Hoooooooooo!"

The script, penned by Paul Sopocy, will uncover the origin of the Thundercats and their nemeses, with much of the focus on Lion-O. Like other recent film projects based on animated properties, the Thundercats movie will be live action. No time frame has been set for the film's release.

Thundercats premiered in early 1985 and concluded in late 1986 after more than 100 episodes. For more information on Thundercats, see's previous coverage.

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  • BlainSeamon Jan 14, 2010

    Brad Pitt is playing Lion-O, Hugh Jackman is playing Tygra, and Vin Diesel is playing Panthro.

  • harveydent2face Sep 25, 2008

    they say they're workign on a live action "he-man" film - but um... THAT'S ALREADY BEEN DONE!!! - hahaha saw it when i was a kid, you can porbably still buy it off ebay or dl it from somewhere like:;=mininova&x;=0&y;=0&r;=bittorents

  • crownwood Sep 09, 2007

    I can't believe that there have been so many posts without a mention of Cheetara!

    Just putting it out there - she (although animated) had a profound effect on my childhood - possibly not for the right reasons... ;)

    Who could play her?

    Also - how are they going to find an actor who is going to pull off shouting "thunder, thunder, thundercats...HOOOOOOOOO!" and still get a job after it?

    I hope this is great as I loved the cartoon - but i have my doubts ( sadly )

  • rainier20 Jun 10, 2007

    yeaahh!! im soo gladd! i loveee the thundercats!! i have the hole 130 episodes in dvds!! obviously i'll be the first one in the theather

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  • Yo-yo-mom Jun 09, 2007

    I'm suprized they havent made a Captain planet movie yet.

  • Neroshadow Jun 09, 2007

    He-man will probaly s*ck. But the Thunder cats seems awesome

  • mammalazz Jun 09, 2007

    are all the movie people so out of new ideas that all we gert is remakes

  • HOLYWOOD444 Jun 08, 2007

    this is going to be sweet. now all i need is a GI Joe movie to come out ( cobra lalalalalalalal) i think Keith Richards should play old Mum-Ra. then when he transforms the role will be played by the Rock

  • allways_ty Jun 08, 2007

    YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHH i LOVED Thundercats when i was little :)

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