Thundercats to claw at big screen

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 TV.com's previous coverage.

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Brad Pitt is playing Lion-O, Hugh Jackman is playing Tygra, and Vin Diesel is playing Panthro.
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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: http://www.btzip.org/searchp?s=heman&t=mininova&x=0&y=0&r=bittorents
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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 )
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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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YES! GIVE ME MOVIE BEYOND MOVIES OF THUNDERCATS!
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I'm suprized they havent made a Captain planet movie yet.
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He-man will probaly s*ck. But the Thunder cats seems awesome
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are all the movie people so out of new ideas that all we gert is remakes
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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
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YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHH i LOVED Thundercats when i was little :)
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This is going to be very awesome. I can remember this back when it first came on. I still have the original sticker book that came out from it. What gets me, is how can y'all judge something such as the Transformers when you haven't even seen the movie yet. You've only seen the trailers and bits and pieces of what has been shown. A cartoon version and a live action version are 2 seperate things. You've got to be realistic when it comes to it. What Michael Bay and all the others who've worked on this project have done is pretty awesome. Oh BTW He-Man and the Masters of the Universe with Dolph Lungren was made in 1987. So it's been over 20 years since it was made. Now the cartoon itself, an updated version was made in early 2000. It was pretty kewl.

A Jem movie would just be totally outrageous!!! Silverhawks, that would be kewl too.

To finish up, Thundercats will be pretty awesome. If they base the story off the original couple of episodes, they'll be in good hands. Now just to find out who it will be that will be playing the parts.
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ah! i love thundercats! i can't wait for this movie! (please let em make it.) hooooooooooooooooooo! lol.

-coop
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ThunderCats!? live-action version, hope it well

be better then Transformers:()
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the cheesy goofy theme song rocks. heard it on youtube. Even though i never remembered watching the cartoon before.
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Let's hope they bring on-board a director who wants to stay true to the original concept. Then perhaps we'll avoid the same disaster that is the Transformers film.
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Hopefully this movie will be good because all my family was a big fan of the series. I can't wait to see it in action, althought I'd have like it better if it was in cartoon as the original.
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Thundercats Hoooooooooooo!!



Hopefully this movie is well done and action packed...I loved the show as a kid...
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The problem with this movie is that it'll try to appeal to kids and teens (they're the major movie-going public), but it tries to rely on the support of all the 20-somethings who saw the show as kids. It can either be incredible, or utterly terrible, no middle ground.
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Great Idea ....... can't wait .. :)
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This is great! First He-Man now Thundercats! I watched them both when I was a kid.
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This is good news! The 80s is a money making franchise and banking in isn't a bad idea. Besides, selfishly, I loved Thundercats and He-man growing up. Even if it's bad, I'll love it for the novelty. Now, all we need is She-ra and Jem and the Holograms and I'll be complete!
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Hooooo!!!! it'll probably suck LMAO it has disaster written all over it. They have their work cut out for them.
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I'm so happy to read this news!
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cool another he-man movie, I'm gonna go rent the old one :)
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they're doing another He-Man movie???? jesus its been at least over 10 years since one of them came out, as for thundercats, lets hope it doesn't get messed up.
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Man this so coool cant wait til it comes out. Used to have lion-o's sword when i was little. Brings back sweet memories. thunder... thunder... thunder cats hooooooo.
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Nah it can't be Hugh, its got to be someone that has a kind of child like innocence to them.
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Me and my brother use to watch Thundercats religiously (much like Transformers and Ghostbusters). However, I have trouble believing it could make much of a live-action movie (I mean, even I, a fan, would have trouble looking at people dressed up like Lion-O, or Cheetarah.) Not to mention the bad guy, whose name is escaping me at the moment.



And...for those of you who don't remember, there already is/was a HE-Man movie, starring Dolph Lundgren, Courtney Cox, and the worst actor of all-time, Frank Landgela as Skeletor. I HAVE THE POWER!!!
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oh my ggoood!!!!

finally a movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I'm sooooo glaad!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wonder how it will turn out!!!!
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Can't wait to see it. I was a fan of the cartoons in my childhood.
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It's moments like this when I wish I was a furry ;) .
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Great cartoon and will soon be a phenomenal movie!!



Hooooooooooo!!!!!!
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So I guess Hollywood is in yet another phase… Still Im looking forward to it along with He Man, I think Transformers is going to be good!
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I forsee many obstacles in making this film a good one. But I was skeptical about Transformers, and when I saw much of the finished product I was pleased.
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Awesome! I loved the Thunder Cats.
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wohoo!! looking forward to this one..i loved the thundercats...my friends and i used to play all the time and used Lion-O to call for help!! lmao
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Hugh Jackman for Lionoar (is that how you spell it)
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Yes! Another show to the big screen. i love thundercats and with todays technology it should be cool special fx like the Thundercats Logo!
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Oh my sweet lord! this is awesome news! been wanting a Thundercats live action movie for years! Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!
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Thundercats are on the move, right to the multiplex.... Awesome! First Transformers and He-man what's next The Silverhawks and Rainbow Brite, Glow worms and Voltron! Oh yeah a Voltron movie will be.... Radical ( to use appropriate phraseology)! The 80's are back baby just keep the shoulder pads away from me and we'll get along great!
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Great cartoon. Hoooooooo
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I have seen the Thundercats when it was on Toonami (I was like 3 or 4 then). I wish I could of expiriance watching a great show =)
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i love that cartoon. i never understood why it went on for a year only. only 100 episodes.....
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I can see all the skit shows making fun of this. It's just going to be like the Broadway show "Cats" on the big screen.

Wait, those skit shows kept saying that He-Man was gay
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its bout time Hooooooooooooes!!!!!
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AWESOME.... That Show is really Cool!! finally...
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My guess would be that it is a combination of animated and live action just like a lot of the current movies like fantastic four. I hope they do a good job with it and don't make it too cheesy.
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They already did a live-action treatment of He-Man with Dolf Lungwhateverhisnameis in the late 80s, plus He-Man was just a way to market toys for Conan the Barbarian franchise... Thundercats should be cool at least fx wise. Ever since they redid the Island of Dr Moreau I've been craving those cool-a$$ Thundercats.
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I was waiting for this.. I hope they do the show justice... I used to watch Thundercats every day when I was a kid, I have some action figures too, this movie should be great!
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didnt they do a He-man movie back in the 80's or was that just an animated one?
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