I’ll be the first one to give Hollywood’s reboots/adaptations a chance, but when test footage apparently gets posted online by the director, either the film has been eighty-sixed or there has been some sort of security breach. Such is the quandry with the live-action adaptations of Marvin the Martian and Hong Kong Phooey, which have had a few short minutes of test footage supposedly posted by writer/director Alex Zamm. The Martian picture appears to be more of a self-contained short while Phooey, voiced by Eddie Murphy - though it certainly sounds like an impersonator here, is more of a clip. Hit the jump to check them out.
Alcon Entertainment is developing a live-action/animated adaptation of the 1970’s Hanna-Barbera cartoon Hong Kong Phooey, and Mr. Eddie Murphy has been tapped to voice the lead character. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, it centered on a dog named Penry who is granted the ability to walk, talk and do kung fu after stumbling into a mystic ceremony that grants him powers. Penry works as a janitor at a police station by day, but patrols the streets at night as Hong Kong Phooey in his “Phooeymobile” with the ever-handy “Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu” manual at his side.
Say what you will about Murphy’s career as of late, but he always delivers great voice work. His fast-talking Donkey was one of the highlights of the Shrek series, and he was memorable as the dragon Mushu in Disney’s Mulan. Alex Zamm (Tooth Fairy 2) is directing Phooey, which presumably will feature an animated title character interacting with live-action actors. Family Guy executive producer David Goodman wrote the script, and Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce alongside Jay Stern and Brett Ratner. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
I’ve learned over the years that Hanna Barbera, despite their egregious animation shortcuts, is capable of inspiring intense devotion from people who grew up watching their many Saturday AM cartoons. Apparently Brett Ratner is one such devotee as Variety is reporting that he will be producing a live-action feature based on the famed studio’s short-lived 1970s series “Hong Kong Phooey”. The show, about a talking dog living a double life as martial-arts knowing crime fighter, ran for only two seasons on ABC – just long enough to make the show a Hanna Barbera rerun classic. Alex Zamm (“Inspector Gadget 2″) is directing from a script by “Family Guy” executive producer David Goodman, though how they plan on getting a studio interested in updating a series largely unknown to anyone under the age of 30 remains a mystery.