Sony Animation Plans “Manimal” Feature

Sony Pictures Animation has scored the movie rights to NBC’s short-lived early 80’s TV series “Manimal” with plans to turn it into a combination live-action/CG animated feature says Heat Vision.

Simon MacCorkindale (“Death on the Nile”) starred in the campy original as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a wealthy doctor with a mysterious past, who can shape shift into any animal he chooses in order to help the police fight crime.

Melody Anderson (“Flash Gordon”) and Michael D. Roberts (“Baretta”) co-starred. Only eight episodes aired before the critically slammed show was cancelled, though it has since developed a cult following.

Glen A. Larson (“Magnum P.I.,” “Knight Rider,” “Battlestar Galactica”) created the original show and will serve as producer on the film for which writers are currently being sought. The move follows Sony’s announcement last month of a similar live-action/CG feature based on 80’s sitcom “ALF”.