Warner Bros. has acquired the graphic novel, Rascal Raccoon’s Raging Revenge, for Todd Strauss-Schulson to direct. The property, by Brendan Hay and Justin Wagner, pokes fun at Warner Bros.’ classic cartoon comedies, specifically the eternal and futile pursuit of animated predator and prey. If Strauss-Schulson’s name doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps you should go watch A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas again. A highlight of that film was a trippy clay-mation sequence which showed that Strauss-Schulson could handle the medium. An animated tale with a bit of a comedic edge seems tailor made for the director. I’m less enthused at the choice of Matt Fogel (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son) to adapt, but perhaps the original creators will stay involved. Hit the jump for more on Rascal Raccoon.
Heat Vision reported on the pickup of the Oni Press publication, Rascal Raccoon. Eric Gitter will produce for Oni under his Closed on Mondays banner, along with Strauss-Schulson’s Ulterior Productions partner, Ken Franchi. Check out the synopsis below (via Amazon):
Welcome to Toonie Terrace, home of the fun-loving Merries and their jealous, bitter rivals, the Meanies. For all their shenanigans, no Meanie has ever murdered a Merrie… until now! After thousands of painful failed attempts, Rascal Raccoon has finally killed his arch-nemesis, the charming and adorable Jumpin” Jackalope. Rascal is overjoyed, but there”s one problem: what does he do now? With nothing left to obsess over, Rascal”s life falls apart. Fortunately, he soon finds a new target for his anger: the animator who created him!