According to Variety, Jerry O’Flaherty will be directing the CGI adaptation of The Thundercats:
O’Flaherty had been looking to make the leap into movies and was considering several projects, even live action.
But the “Thundercats” story appealed to him, as well as the fact that vidgames are increasingly incorporating lavish animated sequences that mimic pics, making a toon a much easier transition.
“It feels like a natural thing for me to step into,” he said. “Games have come so far now. The last four years of my life have been about bringing the energy of filmmaking into the videogame experience.”
O’Flaherty is an interesting choice and you do have to wonder how his inexperience when it comes to Hollywood will help/hurt him. I’m sure a lot of Scud fans will be quick to point out Rob Schrab as an example of how difficult it is, but I always like to point out Kevin Munroe – who directed TMNT – as an example that it is fairly easy as long as you stick with your core audience. O’Flaherty is jumping from being the art director of Gears of War – where the majority of players grew up in the ’80s – to doing a movie of a show most of them probably watched, so he isn’t jumping across a sea when it comes to his audience.
All-in-all, I’m glad this is happening and not the nightmarish “updated” Thundercats TV show that was planned where Lion-O’s son was running around with something strapped around his arm that looked like it belonged in Yu-Gi-Oh.