Cartoon Network continues to forget that its name is “Cartoon” Network (how long until they rebrand to Kart-une to get away from the stereotypes of animation associated with the word Cartoon?), this time teaming with Lionsgate for an “Ultimate King Arthur” style movie. The film will take the characters and basis of the legend and bring them into the 21st Century, with a heavier focus on the sorcerer Merlin. Lionsgate’s President of Production, Alli Shearmur, is well…producing, and the writer of Eagle Eye Travis Wright is updating the classic tale.
The more disturbing side of this is that live action “initiative” that Cartoon Network is now seeking. I make the SyFy related joke here, but at the network’s upfront for next year’s programming, less than half of the newly announced shows and movies are actually animated. I guess they haven’t seen the other 600 channels on TV that air primarily live action lately.