Will Ferrell Planning A “Manimal” Adaptation

Will Ferrell and his regular directing cohort Adam McKay (“Anchorman,” “Step Brothers”) are teaming yet again, this time to produce a film adaptation of the short-lived 1983 NBC series “Manimal” for Sony Pictures Animation.

Simon MacCorkindale (“Death on the Nile”) starred in the original series as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a dashing and wealthy man raised in Africa who mastered the ability to morph into various different animals to fight crime.

The show ran for just eight episodes before being canceled. This new film adaptation will be a combination live-action and CG-animated effort and will re-envision the material as an action comedy.

Both Ferrell and McKay will produce alongside Jimmy Miller and series co-creator Glen A. Larson, but it’s unclear if Ferrell will star. McKay won’t direct though as they are currently seeking a helmer for the project. Jay Martel and Ian Roberts (“Key and Peele”) will write the script.

Source: Deadline