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Gears of War art head to make Thundercats Movie

Gears of War art head to make Thundercats Movie

Jerry O'Flaherty, the man behind the art of Gears of War, will be directing the Thundercats movie.

A new movie adaptation of the geek-pleasing Thundercats cartoon series has just been announced by Warner Bros. The cartoon series, which detailed the adventures of a group of cat-like aliens as they battle Egyptian mummies on an alien planet, was a massive success when it first hit the small screen and retains a loyal following of geeks to this day.

Now before you sigh and roll your eyes, preparing yourself for another disappointing movie adaptation of your favourite cartoon, there's one thing you should be aware of.

Warner Bros. has officially announced that Jerry O'Flaherty has been enlisted to direct the movie.

O'Flaherty has in the past worked as art director on games like Gears of War, Unreal Tournament 3 and the Command and Conquer series, which lends him a certain degree of credibility and respect. Being a massive geek himself, he is obviously keen to see the new film done right.

The film is confirmed to be entirely computer animated, with no live humans playing a role other than as voice actors. Whether the movie will follow the camp tone of the original series or switch to the more adult and dark themes explored in the short-lived comic series hasn’t yet been decided.

Other than that, the news is really rather thin on the ground for now. The plot at least seems to be close to the original and Variety has described it as "a group of humanoid cats who must flee the planet of Thundera, which is destroyed. Once crash-landing on another planet, Third Earth, they must thwart Mumm-Ra, an evil sorcerer bent on killing them off."

That sound as good to you as it does to us? Let us know what you think in the forums.

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cjoyce1980 11th October 2007, 10:10 Quote
hmmmm! if they make it using cell shading then i can see it working and keeping with the cartoon style, as seen in team fortress. but it they make it look like any disney/pixar film then its not going to do it for me.
Blademrk 11th October 2007, 10:21 Quote
It'll probably be more like the CGI in the new animated Iron Man / Ultimate Avengers movies. Clip
[USRF]Obiwan 11th October 2007, 10:24 Quote
what cats?

never heard of them
Jamie 11th October 2007, 10:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Obiwan
what cats?

never heard of them

ROFL
bloodcar 11th October 2007, 10:39 Quote
Man, I really wish they'd leave old TV shows in the past. Every time they make a new movie (Transformers, TMNT) based on an old TV show, it just ruins my nostalgia. :(
Buzzons 11th October 2007, 11:29 Quote
/me pines for a Pinky and the brain film along side a Count Duckula film...
jezmck 11th October 2007, 15:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blademrk
It'll probably be more like the CGI in the new animated Iron Man / Ultimate Avengers movies. Clip
That is Cell Shaded Animation style isn't it?

Some of Futurama (and even The Simpsons Movie) is 3D rendered as Cell Shading.

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Originally Posted by Buzzons
/me pines for a Pinky and the brain film along side a Count Duckula film...
Pinky and the Brain could be great!
Corvyne 11th October 2007, 17:42 Quote
I've always thought the cell shaded CGI in Appleseed was particularly easy on the eye. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih2Cnr_7bn8

Personally I was a big fan of the cartoon so I hope they don't stuff this one up.
But I'd really like to see a danger mouse movie :)
Redbeaver 11th October 2007, 18:57 Quote
when i was a little turd, i religiously do the Thundercat sword-extend moves everytime i watch the series on TV.

nuff said.
Bungle 11th October 2007, 19:21 Quote
Snarf should be in lolcats.
Namusetae 12th October 2007, 09:12 Quote
<3 oh mi gosh <3 this was one of my favorites when i was a kid, along with he-man of course :)
I am going to see this on for sure, chill out and go back to the memory lane.
Aankhen 12th October 2007, 15:55 Quote
Considering his portfolio, if you put a gun to my head, I'd guess they're leaning towards the darker side for the movie.
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Originally Posted by Corvyne
I've always thought the cell shaded CGI in Appleseed was particularly easy on the eye. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih2Cnr_7bn8
I remember flipping channels and coming across that one day. The visuals mesmerised me. It was just so pretty. :)
Jordan Wise 14th October 2007, 22:05 Quote
HOOOOOOOOOO!
CardJoe 15th October 2007, 07:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jordan Wise
HOOOOOOOOOO!

I lolled :D
Blademrk 15th October 2007, 10:19 Quote
Brings back memories.... my mates surname is Lyons and when we were in school the number of times some random snot-nosed kid would look into the classroom see him and shout Ho before quickly scarpering down the corrider...
MiT 15th October 2007, 13:20 Quote
I cant wait.
Yemerich 21st October 2007, 11:39 Quote
Well, at least with this one we can't complain about a a 13 rating.. Even if the guys that were 13 are now 30 something...
pcgamez 25th July 2008, 19:26 Quote
I seriously hope they don't kill it.
E.E.L. Ambiense 25th July 2008, 19:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by bloodcar
Man, I really wish they'd leave old TV shows in the past. Every time they make a new movie (Transformers, TMNT) based on an old TV show, it just ruins my nostalgia. :(

Believe me, I know. Being a 30-something myself, my childhood is slowly being eroded away into POP (point of purchase) crap.
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