Manimal! Part man, and part various other animal-based superpowers! Even for a decade that was known for seagull-based hair-styles, piano key neckties and trying to murder the ozone layer, Manimal was still a pretty goofy concept. It’s a show that many of you are most likely unfamiliar with. And this makes it the perfect material for a big screen revival.Manimal was all about Dr Jonathan Chase (“master of the secrets that divide man from animal, animal from man — Manimal!”), who could turn into any animal that he wanted to. Naturally, these gifts were perfect for fighting crime with. Here’s the original intro to jog your memory:
Will Ferrell will be teaming up with Adam “Anchorman” McKay for this one, although he won’t be directing. I’m going to go out on a limb here and theorise that their version of Manimal won’t be faithful to the source material. “I think it’s right down our alley, it’s what we do,” McKay said to Deadline.
It’s tongue-in-cheek and has an action component, but overall it’s a comedy. 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. 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.
I am 100% behind this film, I tell you what. Manimal!
Last Updated: July 23, 2014