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,” “Knight Rider” and “Magnum, P.I.”
“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,” McKay said. “I know the movie will be funny and entertaining but will it be the first film to win a Pulitzer? We’ll just have to see.”
News was first reported by Deadline.com.