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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Bringing All-Time Worst TV Show Manimal to the Big Screen

4 hours ago | | See recent Dread Central news »

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.

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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 »

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Will Ferrell Planning A "Manimal" Adaptation

7 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

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 »

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Will Ferrell, Adam McKay Producing ‘Manimal’ Movie at Sony Animation

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Animation is going animalistic, developing a movie version of “Manimal,” rebooting the TV series as an action-comedy combining animation and live action.

Producers are Jimmy Miller’s Mosaic, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions and original series co-creator Glen A. Larson.

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.

Jay Martel and Ian Roberts are writing the script. The duo are the showrunners on “Key & Peele” and wrote the screenplay for Warner Bros.’ upcoming comedy “Get Hard” starring Ferrell and Kevin Hart.

Sony Animation’s Michelle Raimo Kouyate and Michael Lachance will oversee the project.

Mosaic’s comedy credits include “The Other Guys” and “Step Brothers” with Ferrell along with “Bad Teacher” and “Talladega Nights.”

Larson is best known for creating “Battlestar Galactica, »

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Will Ferrell And Adam McKay Reteam For 80s Classic ‘Manimal’

9 hours ago | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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 »

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Camp-Tastic: 'Manimal: The Movie' is coming from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay

10 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"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? »

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‘Manimal’ To Roar With Will Ferrell, Adam McKay & Jimmy Miller

11 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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 […] »

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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Are Making Your 'Manimal' Movie Dreams Come True

12 hours ago | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Fans of the short-lived '80s TV series "Manimal" have something to roar about today: "Anchorman" vets Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are teaming up to produce a big screen adaptation of the cult show.

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 »

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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay to produce live action/animated Manimal movie

15 hours ago | | See recent JoBlo news »

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 »

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‘Transcendence’ Writer Jack Paglen To Pen ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Reboot Plus New Featurette & Posters For A.I. Thriller

9 April 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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 »

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Battlestar Galactica to receive a big screen reboot

9 April 2014 4:08 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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? »

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The ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Movie is Happening, Just with a Reimagined Story

8 April 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

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 »

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Battlestar Galactica Movie in Development

8 April 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

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. »

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Battlestar Galactica Flies Again!? Universal Working on Movie Reimagining

8 April 2014 9:50 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

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 »

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Battlestar Galactica To Be Revived For The Big Screen?

8 April 2014 7:24 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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 »

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Battlestar Galactica Film Moving Forward with Transcendence Writer

8 April 2014 4:34 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

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. »

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'Battlestar Galactica' Movie Remake in the Works

8 April 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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. »

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Jack Paglen To Help Battlestar Galactica Transcend To The Big Screen

8 April 2014 1:02 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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, »

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Battlestar Galactica movie comes back to life

7 April 2014 10:57 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Simon Brew 8 Apr 2014 - 06:57

A fresh attempt begins, it seems, to get the Battlestar Galactica movie made...

The story so far on the Battlestar Galactica movie. A few years ago, it was revealed that director Bryan Singer was involved in the project. Singer's version would have been based, it seems, around the original TV show rather than the acclaimed Ronald D Moore reboot. And then Singer got the X-Men job again, and since then, very little has been heard of the project. Given that Singer is all but certain to direct X-Men: Apocalypse once he's done with X-Men: Days Of Future Past, that would see his schedule full through to mid-2016.

But it seems that Battlestar Galactica is now going to press ahead anyway, as apparently Universal is injecting new life into the project. As such, the studio has hired Jack Paglen to pen a screenplay for the film. »

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Universal Plots "Battlestar Galactica" Reboot

7 April 2014 10:07 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The long in development cinematic reboot "Battlestar Galactica" franchise has picked up steam with "Transcendence" scribe Jack Paglen having signed on to write the screenplay.

Universal Pictures is planning a "complete reimagining of the story" for the upcoming movie, which means Paglen is likely starting over from scratch.

Filmmaker Bryan Singer was attached to direct a 'Galactica' film back in 2009 but the new report makes no mention of his involvement. Original series creator Glen Larson does remain onboard as producer.

This would mark the third version of the story about the last of humanity of the Twelve Colonies escaping the robot Cylons and searching for their mythical ancient homeland of Earth.

The story originated with the late 1970s series and became an acclaimed mini-series and four season series for Syfy which ran from 2003 to 2009.

Paglen is also committed to Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" sequel at Fox which begins production this fall. »

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Battlestar Galactica Movie Will Reimagine The Story

7 April 2014 7:46 PM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In Hollywood years, five years is probably considered plenty of time to let a successful franchise -- or in this case, TV series -- rest before rebooting it. And believe it or not, it's been five years since Battlestar Galactica went off the air. (It's been more than a decade since the reboot miniseries premiered). So, while there are surely arguments to be made for or against another reboot of the original Battlestar Galactica concept, it's not entirely surprising that we're hearing updates on such a project, which is in the works at Universal and is said to be a "complete reimagining of the story." In other words, presumably not a continuation of Ronald D. Moore's reboot of the original series. Variety posted word today that Universal is aiming to bring Battlestar Galactica to the big screen, with original series creator Glen Larson set to produce. Transcendence writer Jack Paglen »

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