Godzilla vs Kong director Adam Wingard promises ThunderCats won't "look like Cats"

Joe Anderton
·2-min read
Photo credit: DC Comics
Photo credit: DC Comics

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Godzilla vs Kong is out now, giving fans a clash of iconic movie monsters on the big screen (oh wait, it's still small screens at the moment for most of us).

Now that the film is out in the wild, director Adam Wingard is looking ahead towards his next project: a cinematic reboot of cartoon classic ThunderCats.

While the IP has no relation to Cats, you might be worried that Hollywood's penchant for trying to make cartoony things look photorealistic, which has led to CGI monstrosities like 2019's lambasted musical adaptation, will strike again here.

Wingard has assured Deadline that this won't be the case, as this is a major passion project for him and he has a defined vision for ThunderCats the reboot.

Photo credit: DC Comics
Photo credit: DC Comics

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"I want to do a ThunderCats film that takes you back to that '80s aesthetic," he said. "I don't want to reinvent the way they look; I want them to look like ThunderCats. I don't want to do it live action, either.

"I don't want it to look like Cats, I don't want those kinds of issues — no disrespect to that director, whom I don't mean to throw under the bus any more than everyone else has. I want to do a movie you've never seen before. A hybrid CGI film that has a hyper real look and somehow bridges the gap between cartoon and CGI. That's the starting point."

And when we say that Wingard is really into the feline superheroes, we mean it.

Photo credit: FilmMagic - Getty Images
Photo credit: FilmMagic - Getty Images

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He explained: "My real obsession with ThunderCats came in high school, the pinnacle of me deciding I wanted to be a filmmaker, and pushing in that direction… I actually spent most of my 10th grade year, I completely blew it. I didn't pay attention in school, made terrible grades.

"And the reason? I was writing my ThunderCats screenplay through my entire 10th grade year. And I was hand-writing it. The screenplay itself ended up being 272 pages long. I still have it."

Godzilla vs Kong is available to rent at home in the UK from Prime Video, iTunes and other participating digital retailers, while it is available to watch now in US cinemas and on HBO Max in the US.

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