The trend in Hollywood has often been to move away from original content and recycle proven cartoon franchises from the 1980s, including Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Smurfs. The trend is continuing with the He-Man film that’s now in active development and quite possibly a ThunderCats movie, somewhere down the line.
ThunderCats (the film version) has been stuck in development limbo for some time, but fans are still holding out hope that it will eventually come together. Those same fans will often dream-up ideal casts for movie adaptations like ThunderCats and occasionally, a celebrity will throw their own hat in the ring – which is what Milla Jovovich has now done.
In an interview with WGTC (via We Got This Covered), the Resident Evil franchise star was asked which superhero she would ideally want to play. Jovovich indicated that she has always loved ThunderCats and she heard that they were making a movie, so she would like to portray the only adult female in the group, Cheetara. As it were, a few years ago James McAvoy expressed his interest in playing Lion-O, should a ThunderCats movie move forward and recently Ed Skrein (Deadpool divulged his own interest in the characters of Panthro and Lion-O.
The original ThunderCats animated series ran from 1986 to 1989, producing a whopping 130 episodes. The series focuses on a group of cat-aliens that are driven from their home planet of Thundera, landing on the dangerous terrain of a planet dubbed Third Earth. The ThunderCats, as they become known as, go on to defend the planet against the evil Mumm-Ra and his gang of mutants. The popular cartoon spawned a number of tie-in products, including a still-collectible action figure toyline from LJN.
There has been talk of a possible ThunderCats movie off and on for several years now. There was a CGI version of Thundercats in development a few years ago, with attached director Jerry O’Flaherty. There was even some test footage leaked, but the project never moved forward. Most recently, in 2016, it was reported that that powerhouse 1980s cartoon reviver Michael Bay is moving forward as a producer on a live-action ThunderCats film, but there’s not been a major update on that situation since then.
The ThunderCats cartoon did see a brief revival in a rebooted animated series on Cartoon Network in 2011, but the show only lasted for one season. The network tried to move the show around to different time slots, but the lackluster toy sales caused Bandai to back out of further funding for the series. A revival on Netflix has since been petitioned by fans, who were encouraged after the streaming networked announced that it would be bringing back another popular canceled series, Young Justice.
The recent He-Man/ThunderCats crossover comic book has been making waves by killing off He-Man in a recent issue. It remains to be seen what the future will hold for the ThunderCats, but in the meantime – do you think Milla Jovovich be a good pick for Cheetara in a live-action movie?