Sony Pictures Animation becoming a “Manimal” house

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Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion is turn­ing the short-lived Man­i­mal into a live-action/CG hybrid film, hav­ing acquired movie rights to the 1983 NBC series.

Hugely pro­lific 1980s TV pro­ducer Glen A. Lar­son cre­ated the show about a man who could become an ani­mal. Now Larson’s attached as a pro­ducer, think­ing that a flop TV series can become a hit movie. Sony is look­ing for writ­ers to develop a script.

In the Man­i­mal series, wealthy Dr. Jonathan Chase, who had a mys­te­ri­ous past, became a black pan­ther to help the police fight crime. Also star­ring were British actor Simon Mac­Corkin­dale and Melody Ander­son, who por­trayed Dale Arden in the 1980 movie Flash Gor­don.

The series was can­celed after just eight episodes, hav­ing been sav­aged by crit­ics and ignored by TV view­ers when it first aired — oppo­site the block­buster Dal­las.

Last sum­mer, Sony struck pay­dirt with another live-action/CG film, The Smurfs, which went on to gross $500 mil­lion. A sequel to Smurfs is sched­uled for release next summer.

And last month, it was reported the stu­dio is devel­op­ing a live-action/CG ver­sion of yet another ‘80s TV series, ALF, with cre­ator Paul Fusco, who also voices the title character.

[Via The Hol­ly­wood Reporter]

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