‘ThunderCats’ Movie Leaps Forward With ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Director Adam Wingard

Wherever evil exists, Mumm-ra and movie franchises live!! A ThunderCats movie has been in the works for what seems like forever, and rumors have persisted about it, even that Michael Bay’s 6 Underground was really just a working cover for one. Well, obviously that wasn’t true, and now an actual ThunderCats film is moving forward with Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard.

I guess having proven himself capable of gigantic blockbuster action with fighting animals, Wingard has been set to direct the ThunderCats movie, based on the popular ’80s toys and cartoon series.

The cool thing is, Wingard is a HUGE ThunderCats fan, as evidenced by this recent Deadline interview where he says…

“I’m in a place where Godzilla vs. Kong has gone well with Warner Bros. They love the movie, as we were wrapping it. I heard there was a ThunderCats script out there and it happened to be set up with some of my producers on Death Note. I asked them, I want to rewrite this script with my friend Simon Barrett. This is a huge passion thing for me. Nobody on this planet knows or has thought as much about ThunderCats as I have. They gave me the reins. I saw this as an opportunity to do a new type of fantasy sci-fi spectacle film that people have never seen before. It’s got a rich mythology; the characters are fantastic. The colors. I want to do a ThunderCats film that takes you back to that ‘80s aesthetic. I don’t want to reinvent the way they look; I want them to look like ThunderCats. I don’t want to do it live action, either. I don’t want it to look like Cats, I don’t want those kinds of issues — no disrespect to that director, whom I don’t mean to throw under the bus any more than everyone else has. I want to do a movie you’ve never seen before. A hybrid CGI film that has a hyper real look and somehow bridges the gap between cartoon and CGI. That’s the starting point, and Simon Barrett and I are getting into the script now.”

Well, damn. There you go. ThunderCats takes place on Third Earth, where humanoids known as the ThunderCats are engaged in seemingly endless battle against the eternal evil known as Mumm-Ra the Ever-Living. The team consists of leader Lion-O, the powerful Panthro, wisened Tygra, the agile Cheetara, Lion-O’s protector Snarf, and the kids Wilykit and Wilykat.

Now, my only question is when can we get moving on a Silverhawks movie?

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.