Last week, MovieLine
released several pieces of concept artwork believed to be linked to the ThunderCats
movie. We can officially confirm that those concept pieces are the real deal.
We have all been waiting a long time for an update to the ThunderCats movie and unfortunately, the news we have to share is not good. According to our sources close to the project, the movie has been put on hold. Here's what we know thus far:
Last summer (2008) the production team completed a two minute test sequence as well as a dozen concept art pieces which were presented to Warner executives. Jerry O'Flaherty, the director of the project was believed to present the work about six times to various executive groups within Warner Bros. including Jeff Robinov and Alan Horn.
In late September, Jerry O'Flaherty received word back from WB that the project had been "shelved" for now. The reasoning for shelving the project are unclear, however speculation is that the weak economy and poor box office earnings by Star Wars: The Clone Wars, another CGI-animated movie were the cause for putting the project on hold.
That being said, the concept artwork that was leaked last week through MovieLine showed the direction the project was heading and the creative design choices that could have made it into the actual film.
We also heard that the two minute test footage that was shown to the WB executives featured a fully constructed Slithe model.
This is definitely not the news we were hoping for. In any event, we do have a higher resolution image of the concept artwork of Lion-O to share with everyone.
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