Thundercats Director, Thy Name is O’Flaherty

October 10, 2007 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

 Thunder! Thunder! Thunder! Thundercats, ho!

That’s the cry being heard from Jerry O’Flaherty — who, as Variety reports, has just been tapped to direct Warner Bros.’ CGI Thundercats feature. O’Flaherty’s previous filmmaking credits include…well, nothing, really. From the article:

The project marks the first feature directing gig for O’Flaherty, who served as an art director on such bestselling games as “Gears of War” and “Unreal Tournament 3” for Epic Games and the “Command and Conquer” series from Westwood Studios.

O’Flaherty tells Variety that making the leap “feels like a natural thing,” especially given how closely some games have tried to mirror the film experience in recent years. The article goes on to report that the director will work with Thundercats screenwriter Paul Sopocy on a new version of the script.

If you didn’t grow up in the ’80s or aren’t otherwise familiar with the Thundercats, Variety offers the following synopsis, which we realize will sound, to the uninitiated, like nothing so much as the ‘shroom-fueled ranting of a lonely college freshman:

The origin story expands on the major heroes and villains from the animated series, with the plot focusing on Lion-O coming of age as the leader of the Thundercats…The property revolves around a group of humanoid cats who must flee the planet of Thundera, which is destroyed. Once crash-landing on another planet, Third Earth, they must thwart Mumm-Ra, an evil sorcerer bent on killing them off.

Please join us in hoping for a “Lion-O’s” breakfast cereal tie-in.

Source: www.cinema-pedia.com

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