Hot off the heels of the production company’s acquisitions of the rights to The Brave Little Toaster and Mr. Ed, Waterman Entertainment has picked up yet another family-favorite property. The company announced today that they are plotting a feature film iteration of the comic strip Heathcliff. As with Toaster and Mr. Ed, the film will be envisioned as a CGI/live-action blend with a contemporary storyline. Waterman Entertainment is the same company behind those awful Alvin and the Chipmunks films, so it’s safe to assume we’re in for a very commercialized iteration of Heathcliff.
The Heathcliff comic strip, created by George Gately in 1973, centered on a wisecracking cat who enjoyed annoying his human companions (as do all cats in general, I believe). The character was previously adaptated for two different animated series in 1980 and 1984. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
When last we reported on the feature adaptation of the 1960s TV show, Mr. Ed, it was to tell you that Fox 2000 had the property well in hand. Now, it looks like Waterman Entertainment is spearheading the picture as part of their family-friendly slate of pictures. The production company continues to add “all audiences” properties that are able to be shoe-horned into a live-action/CG combination, much like their recent acquisition of The Brave Little Toaster. Hit the jump to check out the intro from the old TV episodes as well as the full press release from Waterman.
If you’re around my age, prepare to feel ambivalent about a remake of a property from your childhood! Waterman Entertainment has acquired the rights to The Brave Little Toaster with plans to turn it into a (gulp) CGI/live-action hybrid feature. The original 1987 cartoon follows a toaster, a lamp, an electric blanket, a radio, and a vacuum cleaner on a quest to find their original owner. It was the most beautiful and terrifying piece of work that 5-year-old Brendan watched a hundred times. I don’t mind that producer Steve Waterman is dusting off the story for a new take, but his most recent credits are comprised of the Alvin and the Chipmunks trilogy, so my expectations are low.
Hit the jump for the Brave Little Toaster trailer and details on another adaptation, Born Free.
If Waterman Entertainment has anything to say about it, Marvel’s most beloved properties (i.e. Spider-Man, the X-Men, and/or The Avengers) won’t be the only ones getting the feature film treatment. The banner has acquired the film rights to the comic publisher’s series Strikeforce: Morituri. Created by Peter B. Gillis and artist Brent Anderson, Strikeforce is set in a future in which aliens have all but conquered Earth. When a scientist uncovers a way to give humans superpowers (known as the “Morituri Process”), they finally have the ability to fight back. Unfortunately for mankind, though, the process comes with quite a catch in that it will kill anyone who undergoes it within a year.
Hit the jump for more on the project.