‘Mr. Ed’ Movie Being Developed By ‘Doctor Dolittle’ Producer

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mr ed movie Mr. Ed Movie Being Developed By Doctor Dolittle Producer

Whether you’re old enough to have grown up watching the Mr. Ed TV show when it originally aired, or you caught re-runs of the show – or you haven’t been living under a rock your whole life – chances are good that you’re somewhat familiar with the titular talking horse and his often-frazzled human companion, Wilbur (played by Alan Young, a.k.a. the longtime voice of Disney’s Scrooge McDuck).

Fox 2000 is all too aware of that fact – and that’s why the company has secured the rights to a film adaptation of the classic Mr. Ed sitcom, which aired on CBS from 1961-1966 (though an unaired pilot episode was first produced in 1958).

THR has confirmed that Mr. Ed is being developed into a full-blown film, though no one is currently attached to write or direct the project. The movie will be produced by David  T. Friendly – through his Friendly Films – and by veteran TV manager/producer Jim Mahoney.

Friendly, as it were, has some experience working on talking animal flicks, seeing how he previously produced the Eddie Murphy-starring Doctor Dolittle movie – as well as films ranging from more serious dramatic/action titles like Courage Under Fire and Daylight to comedic productions such as Little Miss Sunshine and the Big Momma’s House trilogy.

Combine that resume with the news that the Mr. Ed movie is going to feature an actual horse with a computer-animated mouth, and it’s hard to not suspect that this will be yet another tired addition to the growing pile of kid-friendly movies that feature real-life animals who speak – not to mention, often make an insufferable number of pop culture references – via the magic of CGI (see: Zookeeper for a recent example).

That’s a shame, too, since the original Mr. Ed TV show is still generally considered a charming relic of mid-20th century television. Yes, the show has likewise always been regarded as extremely cheesy, even by the 1960s standards, but that’s very much a part of its appeal.

Case in point: Check out the original Mr. Ed TV show opening below:

That said – until we know more about who will be writing, directing, and starring in the Mr. Ed movie, it’s not fair to jump to too many conclusions about how the final product will turn out. All the same, though, contemporary adaptations of classic family-friendly television shows don’t exactly have a stellar track record (see: Dennis the Menace, The Flintstones, Leave It to Beaver, etc.).

Nonetheless, we will keep you posted on the status of the Mr. Ed movie as more information is released.

Source: THR

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  1. Yes….start pumping out the Mr. Ed franchise.

    After the credits, Eddy Murphy will walk out of the shadows of the barn ..”Well. Well….well…You’ve been busy Mr. Ed…but did you think you were the only talking animal out there?….I want to discuss the Animalia Initiative”

    Team up flick in 2015, Dr. Dolittle, Mr. Ed, the Zookeeper…and every other talking animal or person who talks to animals team up in what will be the movie event of the millennium….CAN”T WAIT

  2. Hollywood has truly stopped having an original thought.

  3. This is going to be bad. VERY bad. I’m thinking Chris Rock voicing Mr. Ed with Jim Carrey as Wilbur bad.

  4. There WAS a rumored attempt at a movie version, but they were going to have him talk hip-hop rapper style…kinda like a donkey that hangs around with an ogre and a puss-in-boots…sound familiar?

  5. haaaa can you say BRUTAL! cmon now, mr. ed didn’t hurt anybody, don’t ruin his show w/ a crappy movie. what’s next, a remake of the incredible mr limpet??? i vote jon cryer for limpet

    • Actually, there WAS talk of a Limpet redo…with Jim Carrey as Limpet!

  6. I think I’d rather see a remake of ‘GUS’…

  7. Is this a joke?

  8. yay?

  9. Worse idea ever.

  10. When are they going to Gilligan’s Island with an island full of zombie headhunters ?

    • great, JUST great. You HAD to give them ANOTHER lame idea to latch onto!???

      • I’m sure the crystal meth addicted monkey with the dart board at the studio would have hit this on the board of bad ideas eventually.

        • Thanks slayer, that comment made me laugh!

  11. Somewhere……. In Hollywood….. There is a group of people who are sitting in a room…… WITH POWER….. and THEY thought THIS….. THIS!!!! was a GREAT idea…… LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, the Mayans were correct…. The end of the world is NIGH!!!!!

  12. /facepalm

    this was a stupid show even when it first came out so even thinking about making a movie about this is almost inconceivable (obviously the key word there is “almost” because some idiot thinks it’s a good idea)

    • This is no worse than Cats and Dogs. Take that for what it’s worth. LOL.

  13. Didn’t they do this movie years about with Bobcat and Dabney Coleman called Hot To Trot?

    Seriously,they should retrofit every single theater auditorium with tear gas and spray it sometime during the movie as punishment for anyone that’s stupid enough to pay money to see this crap.

  14. meant to say “years ago”.

  15. uh-oh i smell another flop

    • Um, that’s not a flop you smell, it’s the stuff this script idea was made from…a big, steamy pile of brown stuff freshly shoveled from the stable floor @ Churchill Downs…by the way, you just stepped into it.

  16. Mr. Ed…come on Hollywood, making television shows into movies is so last decade. Now we are all about reboots. So just reboot “Hot to Trot.”

  17. There’s so many reasons why trying to make a movie or series from something from the 60′s never work. For one thing even though TV had been around for a while tv series were basically just starting to catch on. So a lot of the silly humor that worked for the times worked because of the lack of viewing experience….Not a lot to compare it to. Hell the exec’s often were baffled at why some shows like the Beverly Hillbillies was so popular. So when they try to re-create the funny that worked in the 60′s today it becomes a strange mixture of trying to balance between the past and the present and falling both ways at the same time…

    Who do you blame for the lack of good ideas for new movies? Well with the thousands of ideas that’s been played it is difficult to find new ideas….On the other hand how many times have we heard of great shows and/or stars who almost never made it past some or many exec’s lack of vision? Then again they did make a go of the Chipmonks I hear so who knows?

  18. Ugh, all I can say is…. NAAAAYYY!

    • Ok….You win….That’s the best post….Damn….I wish I’d thought of that one…..

  19. I think they should stick more to the original show in mood. The cgi would be fine(lets face it , if they had access to this technology 50 years ago they would have used it) Just don’t junk it up with too many pop culture gags, and pointless fart jokes. Good writing is still more important than cgi.