Super7 ThunderCats Ultimates! Series ThunderTank | Source: Super7

Another one of the most popular toy lines of the ’80s is getting the big-screen treatment.

Following the successful international launch of Godzilla Vs. Kong over the weekend, director Adam Wingard inked a deal with Warner Bros. to helm ThunderCats. In an interview with Deadline, Wingard explains that ThunderCats has been a passion project since he was 6-years-old and that in high school he penned a 272-page screenplay that he hoped to one day develop into a feature film.

“Nobody on this planet knows or has thought as much about ThunderCats as I have,” Wingard told Deadline. “They gave me the reins. I saw this as an opportunity to do a new type of fantasy sci-fi spectacle film that people have never seen before. It’s got a rich mythology; the characters are fantastic.  I want to do a ThunderCats film that takes you back to that ‘80s aesthetic. I don’t want to reinvent the way they look; I want them to look like ThunderCats.”

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ThunderCats launched in the early 1980s as an animated series from Rankin-Bass alongside an extensive toy line from LJN. It’s been rebooted in animation a couple of times and the toys have been relaunched — mostly in collector-focused lines — several times over the past 20 years. Most recently, Super7 has found success with ThunderCats offerings across its Ultimates! and ReAction lines. The company is taking preorders for a $450 ThunderTank vehicle through April 2.

Warner Bros. previously explored a ThunderCats feature film back in 2009 but the project never moved forward.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.