Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, the comedy duo known for such modern classics as The Other Guys, Step Brothers and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and the producing pair behind Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, will join forces once again to take on an adaptation of the short lived NBC series Manimal.
The duo will be working with Jimmy Miller's Mosaic through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner. The movie will follow the same story as the original series, which is about a man who fights crime with his ability to morph into various different animals.
Debuting in 1983, Manimal stared Simon MacCorkindale as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a dashing and wealthy man raised in Africa who claimed to be "master of the secrets that divide man from animal." The show only ran for 8 episodes before getting canceled. The movie itself will be a CG animated/Live-action hybrid, and is being re-envisioned as an action comedy.
"I think it's right down our alley, it's what we do. It's tongue-in-cheek and has an action component, but overall it's a comedy. Like The Catcher In The Rye or The Sound And The Fury, Manimal has always been one of those elusive projects every producer dreams of taking to the silver screen. I know the movie will be funny and entertaining, but will it be the first film to win a Pulitzer? We'll just have to see."
The hunt is now on for a director. It is unclear if Will Ferrell will take on the role of Dr. Jonathan Chase, but it seems like a perfect fit.