Warner Bros., desperate to keep themselves afloat in Hollywood a little while longer is going to take a stab at pandering to the prime demographic's childhood nostalgia. "Tom and Jerry" will be coming back to the big screen.
The logic is simple: As dumb and as critically trashed as it was, Fox's "Alvin and the Chipmunks" made $360 million in the box office and has made over $100 million in DVD sales. That staggering fact is enough to make Warner Bros. drool.
Warner Bros., who we reported on yesterday is in a world of hurt financially and needs to start slumming it if they plan to be around much longer. Forget anything about artistic expression or creative, intelligent filmmaking. Its all about the money. WB owns the rights to Hanna Barbara's properties so you can expect more popular cartoons from your childhood to be milked for some cash in the future.
Variety's Marc Graser has the details:
Studio-based Dan Lin, currently producing the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" and exec producer on "Terminator: Salvation," will adapt the classic Hanna-Barbera property as an origin story that reveals how Tom and Jerry first meet and form their rivalry before getting lost in Chicago and reluctantly working together during an arduous journey home.
The script is being written by Eric Gravning - a guy who currently has no credits to his name in IMDB, but surprisingly has three productions in development with studios around town.
No date was given as to when this movie will suck at a theater near you.