That’s right, the original cat and mouse of cartoon violence are headed to the silver screen thanks to Warner Bros. and the success of Alvin And The Chipmunks.
Plans are to follow in the success of Alvin and put these CG characters into a live-action setting.
Dan Lin, who is 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. There they must reluctantly work together while facing an arduous journey home.
Eric Gravning is writing the script. Gravning is an up and coming writer with several projects in the works: B-Minor, which has Ron Howard attached to direct at Universal; Mr. Burnout, which is set up at Participant Prods.; as well as Class Act at Walden Media, with Halle Berry aboard to star.
Warner Bros. owns the rights to Hanna-Barbera’s slate of popular animated properties and has several of them in development for big screen adaptation. Soonest to see the light of day are Robert Rodriquez’s version of The Jetsons and producer Donald De Line’s Yogi Bear.
Tom and Jerry originated as a series of 114 animated shorts, produced by MGM’s cartoon studio between 1940 and 1960, and won seven Academy Awards. New cartoons were produced after that, and Warner Bros. released Tom and Jerry: The Movie in 1992 as a full-length animated feature.
Over the years Tom and Jerry have taken on many different incarnations. Usually they cannot talk, but at times have spoken. Most dialog usually falls on secondary characters like the bulldog, Spike. There has been no word on whether there will be an appearance of any of the secondary characters or if this take on the classic duo will have voices of their own.
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