The Dynamic Duo Are Coming Out Of Retirement
Even if you weren’t a fiend when it came to watching their animated adventures, chances are you’ve at least heard of this cat and mouse and their iconic slapstick. Looking back on it, it’s kind of surprising just how much the original Itchy and Scratchy managed to get away with, not to mention the creativity that went into each and every set-up, with Tom often the one coming out worse for wear. They may have had had a slew of recent adaptations of late, but many agree that their glory days are far behind them.
However, it seems that Tim Story has other ideas. According to an article on Empire, the director of Ride Along has plans to bring back the pair in a brand new live-action/CGI feature flick.
Warner Bros. has had plans to bring Tom And Jerry back to cinemas for a few years, looking to set them up in a live-action/CG characters family movie. Now we know hat Ride Along director Tim Story will be in charge of making that happen.
The latest cinematic adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera cat-and-mouse slapstick comedy cartoons has been in the works at Warners since at least 2009. And while the idea of having them in a live-action world with real-life actors around them feels a little odd given the fluid nature of the comedy and action in a typical cartoon, the studio is at least being smart and stopping short of giving them voices beyond the odd yelp or shout. So don’t expect Kevin Hart and Ice Cube to be hitting the recording booth any time soon.
Story has just worked on a new Shaft for the studio and, according to Variety, was asked what he might be interested in next. He’s apparently a big fan of the duo, and agreed to take on the job. The cameras are expected to crank next year.
Do you think that this is a mistake of epic proportions or perhaps has the chance to capture the true essence of the duo’s legendary comedy? At the very least, it looks like the studio has learnt from its mistakes of previous cinematic ventures by ensuring both are lacking in the speech department.
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