Three years ago, I made a quick off-hand comment that Manimal deserves a remake. If it wasn’t obvious at the time, I did so in jest. I didn’t actually want to see Manimal brought to the big screen. However, THR reports that somebody took me seriously.
Sony Pictures Animation has picked up the movie rights to Manimal, a short-lived 1983 NBC series, and is developing the project as a live action/CG hybrid film.
Manimal followed Dr. Jonathan Chase, a wealthy doctor with a mysterious past, who morphed into animals in order to help the police fight crime.
The show, which starred Brit Simon MacCorkindale and Melody Anderson (who played Dale Arden in the 1980 movie Flash Gordon), was slaughtered by critics and trounced when it aired in 1983 opposite Dallas, then a ratings juggernaut. It was canceled after just eight episodes.
If my words were the cause for this, I’m truly sorry. Now you’re going to have to see Bill Hader morph into a jaguar or something. And that’s only if we get lucky and they go the comedy route.