Open your desk drawer and file this under “S” for “Skeptical” but it appears that a copy of the Thundercats movie screenplay has hit the web – and thanks to a tip from Grizzlor at Thundercats Lair, we managed to read through a copy. So now we have to answer the looming question: Is this really a true copy of the screenplay for the Thundercats movie? If so, is it the first draft or the rewrite draft?
Insides sources close to the project are telling Screen Rant that Paul Sopocy (It’s Alive) has not only finished a first draft of the Thundercats screenplay, but was hired by Warner Bros. to do a rewrite, which has already been turned in. However, this information conflicts with what we told you back in December about Thundercats being dropped by WB – or does it? In Hollywood, information changes more often than a traffic light.
Word from our source is that Chase Me Productions is going to be the producing studio on Thundercats with WB handling the distribution. Chase Me Productions appears to also be working on Sherlock Holmes 2, Wild Hogs 2: Bachelor Ride, The Brazilian Job, Men in Black 3, Jumper 2 and Five Brothers (the much unneeded sequel to Four Brothers).
Regarding this Thundercats script – if this is truly a legit version of Sopocy’s screenplay, then he has nailed it!
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!!!
All of your favorite characters are in the film, along with a few new additional ones: Lion-O, Cheetara, Tygra, Panthro, Wiley Kit, Wiley Kat, Jaga, Mumm-Ra, Slithe, Monkian, Jackal Man, and even Lion-O’s father, Claudus.
Lion-O and his Daddy
For the moment let’s assume that this is a legitimate screenplay for Thundercats. I won’t SPOIL all the fun for you, but here are some interesting notes:
- There is no mention of Snarf at all – this is good news, because he would quickly become the Jar-Jar of the franchise.
- Panthro has purple skin – there was some concern of stereotyping him in the 80s as being big, bald and black.
- Claudus and Grune both appear in the movie (don’t remember them? Just click their names).
- The Berbils robot bears are referenced but not featured.
- Monkian and Cheetara have one the funniest interactions in the film.
- Lion-O is given a love interest, Kaeli , who I’ve never heard of.
- The film appears to be a hard PG-13 and is left open for a sequel.
For more information on the script, head over to Thundercats Lair and grab a copy for some light reading.
All and all, I’m hoping this is a copy of the rewritten script because it’s pretty damned good. Unfortunately, because Sopocy is most likely under a non-disclosure clause, we won’t be able to confirm if this version is his or not – though time should soon tell if it is real or fake.
For now I’ll leave you with this great Thundercats fan made trailer:
What are your thoughts on this Thundercats script? Do you think this movie could turn out to be good?
Thundercats the movie is rumored to be hitting theaters in 2012.
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