WB Taps Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard for ThunderCats movie!
“Thunder, thunder, ThunderCats, ho!” After years of speculation and fake trailers, it looks like ThunderCats may finally reach the big screen under the direction of Adam Wingard. Per Deadline, the Godzilla vs. Kong director has been tapped to write and direct the adaptation of the popular cartoon series that ran from 1985-89 and will use a combination of CGI and animation to bring Lion-O and his warrior cat clan to life.
The ThunderCats movie has been a long gestating project dating all the way back to 2007 when WB selected video game art director Jerry O’Flaherty to helm a CGI animated film. Obviously, that project, which you can check out footage for here, never came to fruition, and the ThunderCats were shelved until a short lived 2011 TV series revived the characters for exactly one season, followed by the more lighthearted ThunderCats Roar series currently airing on Cartoon Network.
Per the report, Wingard, who will write ThunderCats alongside Simon Barrett, carries a deep passion for the project and is eager to work on the many ideas he’s thought about over the years. The film will reportedly use the animated series, about a group of cat-like warriors who are forced to flee their home planet of Thundera all the while battling the evil Mumm-Ra, as a jumping off point.
Wingard, for those unaware, directed the 2014 thriller The Guest along with 2016’s Blair Witch and the 2017 manga adaptation of Death Note before tackling Godzilla vs. Kong, which collected a massive $123 million gross from 38 overseas markets this weekend. That film is scheduled to be released in the United States on March 31, where it will be released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max.