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Manimal the Movie?

It was only 8 episodes long!

By Robert T. Trate     September 18, 2012
Source: Hollywood Reporter

As of right now I know the well has truly run dry. Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the Manimal has been picked up by Sony Pictures. Sony plans to turn the concept of a man who can change into animals a CGI animated film. What’s next Turbo Teen

In case you have forgotten or never knew what Manimal was/ is here is The Hollywood Reporter’s official synopsis:

Manimal followed Dr. Jonathan Chase, a wealthy doctor with a mysterious past, who morphed into animals in order to help the police fight crime. The show, which starred Brit Simon MacCorkindale and Melody Anderson (who played Dale Arden in the 1980 movie Flash Gordon), was slaughtered by critics and trounced when it aired in 1983 opposite Dallas, then a ratings juggernaut. It was canceled after just eight episodes.”

If you can believe it, Manimal aired during “Must See TV” back in the day. 

With Manimal on Sony’s slate that adds a third TV show turned into a feature film project for the studio this year. Manimal will join the sequel to The Smurfs and the Alf Movie. 

Check out the full story on Hollywood  


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ElBaz13 9/18/2012 5:57:32 AM

Ha ha ha! I remember this show. It was so bad.

As much as we ridicule the remaking of crappy TV shows or movies, isn't that what Hollywood should be doing? I hate to see remakes done when their predecessors were just as good and pretty much classic (Psycho, Halloween, etc...) but I like the idea of remakes done of crappy shows or movies. It gives it a second chance.

You never know, the concept at the time, poor execution, bad directing, budget might have been the reason the movie/show ended up terrible.

Can anyone name a terrible TV show, cartoon or movie that should get a second chance with the right script, actors and budget?

Ryodin 9/18/2012 6:03:47 AM

Oh man, I know it looks cheesy now . . . but this was my favorite show at the time! I was only six, though, so that might explain it. I used to curl my hand into a "paw" and hope I would change into a black leopard. I'm surprised it only lasted 8 episodes. I seem to recall watching more than that.

Wiseguy 9/18/2012 6:09:35 AM

I hate to see these things done because it almost negates any actual superhero with similar powers from ever being adapted to film. Not that a Beast Boy or Tatiana Caban film was on the slate just speaking in general terms.

Still I wouldn't mind seeing what they come up with although I live action film would be my choice

redvector 9/18/2012 6:16:20 AM

Actually this isn't a bad idea. It's a cool concept of a man who can transform into virtually any animal. But it depends on the execution and the approach that take with it. An action adventure/comedy will be the best way to do this. The original show was hamstrung by the limitations of the FX of the day and of course the crappy timeslot didn't help. And actually this was Not during the Must See TV era that didn't start until after Dallas started to decline in the ratings.

phantomx69 9/18/2012 6:31:59 AM

right up my alley good 80's shows going to big screen, i say streethawk, automan, airwolf, and the master would be good as well. stingray wouls translate well to.

kinetoscope 9/18/2012 6:37:20 AM

I still would get a kick out of a Greatest American Hero reboot... or was that Smallville? I was a Smallville fan, but this could be very different and fun.

monkeyfoot 9/18/2012 6:47:45 AM

Agree with redevector,

It's all in the execution. If they treat it as fun and a family movie it could work.

But I'd also love a Greatest American Hero movie/reboot.

Hey, how about Automan?

redvector 9/18/2012 7:26:50 AM

@Monkeyfoot, I'll see your Automan and raise you Misfits of Science.

monkeyfoot 9/18/2012 8:02:35 AM


OMG! I loved that show!

Betenoire 9/18/2012 9:28:54 AM

Someone (Disney?) was working on a adaption of Gretest American Hero a couple years back, guess it went into development hell as I've heard nothing in a couple years about it.

I had forgotten Manimal stared a white guy, guess I was confusing the lead with the guy in MANTIS (oh wow, Sam Raimi was behind MANTIS looking at Wiki).

I guess the Manimal rights were just cheap enough or something to make this quasi-hero rather than something people actually fondly remember.

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