Manimal is probably one of the best known failed TV series of the 80s, partly because of the silly title and partly because of Youtube vids that have floated around, making people wonder how on earth it got made in the first place. However it’s now gotten a new lease of life as THR reports Sony Pictures Animation has purchased the movie rights to the show with plans to turn it into a live action/CG hybrid movie.
So perhaps Sony doesn’t think it’s as bizarre as the rest of the world does.
The TV show was about Professor Jonathan Chase, played by Simon MacCorkindale, who had the ability to morph into different animals and would use his special gift to help the police fight crime. The show was trashed by critics and was destroyed in the ratings by Dallas. Only eight episodes made it to air.
Glen A. Larson the show’s creator, will serve as a producer on the feature film adaptation. This isn’t the first 80s show Sony Pictures Animation has picked up, as they put a movie based on the alien series ALF into development a few months ago.