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Fresh off the heels of his role as President Business in The Lego Movie, Will Ferrell is starting to get more involved in the business side of making movies. Gary Sanchez Productions, which Ferrell runs alongside Anchorman director Adam McKay, has signed on to produce a big-screen adaptation of 80s cult TV series Manimal. Jimmy Miller and series co-creator Glen A. Larson are also tapped to produce, while Key & Peele scribes Jay Martel and Ian Roberts are working on the script.
Manimal, which had a brief, eight-episode run on television in 1983, follows Dr. Jonathan Chase, a shape-shifter who fought crime by morphing into animals. While it is not surprising that a show with that premise was cancelled so abruptly, Ferrell and McKay are promising additions to a film that could be very funny. With Manimal, Sony Pictures Animation hopes to have a hybrid of live-action and animation, similar to their Smurfs franchise, »
- Jordan Adler
The feature, which is based on the 1983 TV series about a man who is able to convert into any animal, will also be produced by the show's original co-creator Glen A. Larson along with Jay Martel, and will be penned by Ian Roberts, Deadline.com reported.
McKay said that he believes that the project, which is a live-action/animation hybrid and yet to have a director, would be "funny and entertaining," and he hopes it is good enough to be the first film to win a Pulitzer. (Ani) »
- Amith Ostwal
Sony Pictures Animation has announced that Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic, and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions will produce Manimal, a live-action/animated feature film that takes the concept of the cult television drama of the same title – a crime-fighter who can transform into animals – and reinvents it as an action-comedy.
Original series co-creator Glen A. Larson will also produce. The feature is being written by Jay Martel & Ian Roberts. The project, which will be a live-action hybrid heavy in visual effects and animation, is being overseen by Sony Pictures Animation President of Production Michelle Raimo Kouyate and Svp Michael Lachance.
Mosaic’s past feature films include The Other Guys, Step Brothers, Bad Teacher, and Talladega Nights. Glen A. Larson previously created several popular television series including Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider and Magnum, P.I. Gary Sanchez Productions’ credits include Step Brothers, The Other Guys, and Anchorman 2. »
- Michelle McCue
It only ran on NBC for 8 episodes back in 1983. Its legacy is that of one of the worst television shows of all time, a title spoken about only as a punchline. Now Anchorman creators Will Ferrell and Adam McKay will bring “Manimal” to the big screen. We truly live in strange times.
Dr Jonathan Chase... wealthy, young, handsome. A man with the brightest of futures. A man with the darkest of pasts.
From Africa's deepest recesses to the rarefied peaks of Tibet, heir to his father's legacy and the world's darkest mysteries. Jonathan Chase, master of the secrets that divide man from animal, animal from man... Manimal!
“Manimal” is one of those TV show ideas that probably sounded good on paper. A dashing, aristocratic British adventurer raised in Africa (played by Simon MacCorkindale, "Falcon Crest") gains the power to transform into any animal of his choosing (though for »
Will Ferrell and his regular directing cohort Adam McKay ("Anchorman," "Step Brothers") are teaming yet again, this time to produce a film adaptation of the short-lived 1983 NBC series "Manimal" for Sony Pictures Animation.
Simon MacCorkindale ("Death on the Nile") starred in the original series as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a dashing and wealthy man raised in Africa who mastered the ability to morph into various different animals to fight crime.
The show ran for just eight episodes before being canceled. This new film adaptation will be a combination live-action and CG-animated effort and will re-envision the material as an action comedy.
Both Ferrell and McKay will produce alongside Jimmy Miller and series co-creator Glen A. Larson, but it's unclear if Ferrell will star. McKay won't direct though as they are currently seeking a helmer for the project. Jay Martel and Ian Roberts ("Key and Peele") will write the script.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The original series ran from Sept. 30 to Dec. 17, 1983, on NBC and starred Simon MacCorkindale as a man possessing the ability to turn himself into any animal and using that ability to help police catch criminals.
Larson is best known for creating “Battlestar Galactica, »
- Dave McNary
Back in 2012 Sony confirmed that it was looking to bring back ‘Manimal’, the short-lived NBC series, and stick it on the big screen. And it looks like it’s got producers, and not just any producers, but funny men Adam McKay and Will Ferrell!
We’re not sure whether either of them will take on more responsibilities with the project, but it’s been speculated that Ferrell could play the role of Dr. Jonathan Chase, and McKay might produce.
The series was created in 1983 by Glen A. Larson and Donald R. Boyle and followed Chase (Simon MacCorkindale), as a man with the ability to transform himself into any animal in the world. He would then use his powers to fight crime, so kind of like a teenage mutant ninja turtle, except he can turn into a golden retriever too.
What do you think, are there any other 80s shows you »
- Ellen Daniels
"Manimal" fans, rejoice: a big-screen treatment of the cult '80s TV series is coming to the big screen. Gary Sanchez partners Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are producing a live-action/animated hybrid of the show for Sony Pictures Animation, according to Deadline. Though the original series (which centered on a wealthy crimefighter capable of shapeshifting into a variety of different animals) played the concept straight, the film version is being billed as an action-comedy "with heavy visual effects and animated elements." The film will be written by "Key & Peele" scribes Jay Martel and Ian Roberts. “Like 'The Catcher in the Rye' or 'The Sound and the Fury,' 'Manimal' has always been one of those elusive projects every producer dreams of taking to the silver screen,” said McKay in a statement. “I know the movie will be funny and entertaining but will it be the first film to win a Pulitzer? »
- Chris Eggertsen
Exclusive: Sony Pictures Animation has set Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions on Manimal, the feature based on the cult 1980s TV show about a man who fights crime using his ability to morph into animals. Miller, Ferrell, and McKay will produce along with original series co-creator Glen A. Larson, and Key & Peele EPs Jay Martel and Ian Roberts already have been tapped to write. The original 1983 series starred Simon MacCorkindale as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a dashing and wealthy man raised in Africa who was also “master of the secrets that divide […] »
Deadline reports that Ferrell and McKay will co-produce the flick with Glen A. Larson, who co-produced the original NBC series. Per Deadline, "The original 1983 series starred Simon MacCorkindale as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a dashing and wealthy man raised in Africa who was also 'master of the secrets that divide man from animal.' It was cancelled after eight episodes, only to live on in the hearts of a devoted cult fandom."
The site also reports that the big screen adaptation will be a hybrid of live action and animation, and is being envisioned as "an action-comedy with heavy visual effects and animated elements."
"I think it's right down our alley, it's what we do," McKay »
- Katie Roberts
Almost two years ago we learned that Sony Pictures Animation was developing a feature film based on the short-lived cult TV series Manimal. Now, producers and writers have been found for the project in the form of Gary Sanchez Productions. That's right, Anchorman director Adam McKay and Will Ferrell will be producing Manimal alongside producer Jimmy Miller and series creator Glen A. Larson. McKay and Ferrell have enlisted Key & Peele producers Jay Martel and Ian Roberts to »
- Alex Maidy
Ever since he landed on the 2012 Black List, Jack Paglen has held some enviable company: next week sees the release of “Transcendence," directed by Wally Pfister and starring Johnny Depp, and last summer he was revealed as the new writer for Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus 2”. Tackling the sequel to a thorny franchise turned out to be troublesome however, as writer Michael Green replaced him on the film, but it seems Paglen has recovered nicely with another high-profile sci-fi project. Glen A. Larson created a bonafide pop culture staple in 1978 with “Battlestar Galactica”, and the concept has remained potent over the years even as networks thought otherwise. The tale of a war between humans and Cylons in the distant galaxy finally caught on in 2003 though, when a three-hour Sci-Fi Channel miniseries led to a series that would run until 2009. Now Universal is eager to reboot the franchise once more, and »
- Charlie Schmidlin
According to Variety, Universal Pictures is prepping a big screen reboot of the cult sci-fi franchise Battlestar Galactica, with original series creator Glen A. Larson producing, and rising screenwriter Jack Paglen (Transcendence and the upcoming Prometheus sequel) signing on to pen the script.
Battlestar Galactica originally arrived on screens back in 1978 with a TV movie pilot leading in to a single season. The show starred Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict and centred on the crew of the warship Galactica as they searched for a new home after a sneak attack on their planet by the evil Cylons. The original series was followed by the short-lived spin-off Galactica 1980, while the property also enjoyed acclaim and a renewed popularity with the rebooted series, which ran between 2003 and 2009 and was followed by the spin-off prequel Caprica and webseries Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.
Are you excited about the prospect of a Battlestar Galactica movie? »
- Gary Collinson
Battlestar Galactica, the gone but not forgotten sci-fi series that still lives on in the reruns of our hearts and the cable network Syfy, is getting the film adaptation that fans have been demanding since its end in 2009. But while many may have thought a movie would continue the adventures of the inhabitants of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol in a new journey, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, according to Variety, the movie will be a reimagining of the story as told by Transcendence writer Jack Paglen (also the man attached to write Prometheus 2) and produced by original series creator Glen Larson. Of course, reimagining is flowery code for a term we’ve come all too familiar with hearing lately: reboot. For a television series that has already gone through three series, including a brief but mentionable run called Galactica 1980, it’s questionable if this move is altogether necessary. But »
- Samantha Wilson
Variety reports that Universal is developing a Battlestar Galactica movie, with Transcendence writer Jack Paglen working on the script and the original series' creator, Glen Larson, producing. Being called a "complete reimagining," the movie won't necessarily have anything to do with the cult and critical favorite version of the story from the mid-'00s. As of right now, it doesn't appear Ronald D. Moore will be involved. Either way, it will feature a hell of a lot more Cylons than that Jungle Book remake, so that's something. »
- Jesse David Fox
What the frak!? Battlestar Galactica is returning, but before you breakout your tight red Number 6 dress, you should know it's not a continuation of the popular Syfy series of the same name. The Battlestar Galactica film in development at Universal will be a "reimagining" of the popular story with Jack Paglen attached to write the screenplay and original Battlestar creator Glen Larson attached as a producer, according to Variety. The original Battlestar Galactica ran from 1978-1979, then again as Galactica 1980. It was rebooted in 2004 as a miniseries on Syfy by Ron Moore and ran until 2009. Moore's series was critically acclaimed and spawned a prequel, Caprica, and Battlestar Galactica: Blood and »
Battlestar Galactica seems to be the boomerang of Sci-Fi television having come back around three times (two full-length shows and a mini-series), it even got its own spin-off show in the guise of the short-lived Caprica. It is now being reported that the next outing will be for the big-screen, with a movie in the works.
Universal are currently eyeing the project, and have assigned Transcendence scribe Jack Paglen in the whole of screenplay writer. Paglen has a full plate at the moment as he is also working on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel.
The shows revolve around humans at war with cybernetic beings known as Cylons, the original series had them look like robots whilst the more recent adaptation had them look human. Despite original creator Glen Larson being attached it is thought that the studio are wanting to completely re-imagine the story.
The 2003 version has amassed a strong »
- Kat Smith
Universal Pictures is developing a film version of its "Battlestar Galactica" sci-fi franchise with the goal of completely re-imagining the story. The studio just hired original series creator Glen Larson to produce and Jack Paglen to write the screenplay. Paglen wrote "Transcendence" as well as the upcoming "Prometheus" sequel. There have been three "Galactica" TV series. The first, starring Lorne Greene and Richard Hatch, ran during the 1978-79 season and was centered on humans engaged in a lengthy war against a cybernetic race known as the Cylons while searching for Earth. In 2003, a re-imagined "Battlestar Galactica" mini-series aired on Sci Fi Channel. The second series, starring Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, ran for four seasons. Universal has been working on a "Battlestar Galactica" for years. Back in 2009, it was rumored that Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) was attached to direct. No word if that's still the case. »
So say we all.
It appears the rumours are true: the much-beloved franchise, "Battlestar Galactica," is getting a movie makeover. Variety is reporting that Universal is doing a "complete reimagination" of the story.
The popular TV series (which aired from 2003 - 2009) had already resurrected "BSG," in a sense. The story, about man-made robots (called Cylons) developing sentience and turning on humanity, has been told and retold in various movies, and can even be credited with inspiring some of pop culture's most riveting science-fiction.
"Transcendence" writer Jack Paglen has signed on to write the screenplay. Original series creator Glen Larson will produce the "Battlestar Galactica" film. Universal's executive vice-president of production, Scott Bernstein, and director of development Jay Polidoro are overseeing the latest version of "Battlestar Galactica" for the studio, according to Variety.
The original "Battlestar Galactica" TV show aired in 1978. »
- Chris Jancelewicz
Sometimes, there’s a movie project that just doesn’t go away. They rumble on in the background for decades, with concepts kept alive only by the sheer willpower of those dedicated individuals involved. Battlestar Galactica is one such project – but now, it seems like it’s one step closer to fruition as Transcendence writer Jack Paglen has been hired to deliver a script.
Created by Glen A. Larson (Knight Rider, Magnum P.I, Quincy M.E) as a science fiction TV series in 1978, Battlestar Galactica ran for one season – ending in April 1979. It featured the premise that would provide the basis for every iteration of the show that followed – that our future humanity has migrated to a distant area of the galaxy, known as the Twelve Colonies, from where they have been defending themselves against a cybernetic race known as The Cylons. During a vicious attack, human survivors flee aboard spaceships, »
- Sarah Myles
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