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Tom & Jerry (2021) - News, Rumors, Casting, etc

Tom and Jerry head to the bigscreen
Warner Bros. playing cat and mouse game
By MARC GRASER

Warner Bros. is turning to Tom and Jerry to create its own "Alvin and the Chipmunks"-like family franchise.

Plans are to bring the constantly warring cat and mouse to life as CG characters that run around in live-action settings.

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.

Eric Gravning is penning the script.

Scribe wrote "B-Minor," which has Ron Howard attached to helm 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.

Warners owns the rights to Hanna-Barbera’s slate of popular animated properties and has several of them in development for bigscreen adaptation.

Those include Robert Rodriguez’s version of "The Jetsons" and producer Donald De Line’s "Yogi Bear."


The live-action/animated combo has worked for Warners before.

The studio successfully turned "Scooby-Doo" into a live-action franchise with two films that earned a combined $457 million theatrically and a direct-to-DVD feature in the works. It cast the Looney Tunes characters opposite Michael Jordan in "Space Jam" long before that, and there was Joe Dante’s "Looney Tunes: Back in Action," starring Brendan Fraser, in 2003.

Interest in the new projects certainly ramped up after "Alvin and the Chipmunks" earned a whopping $360 million worldwide, besting even Fox’s predictions for the pic, which was budgeted at $60 million. A sequel was quickly greenlit, with the singing rodents skedded to hit the screen again in 2010.

Revenue potential from worldwide box office, DVD, games and merchandise sales, as well as the potential for sequels and earnings from TV and homevid spinoffs, is considered too good to pass up.

The built-in familiarity of the characters has studio bosses feeling they’re not taking the kind of risk associated with creating a new property marketing mavens must promote from scratch.

"Tom and Jerry" originated as a series of 114 animated shorts, produced by MGM’s toon studio between 1940 and 1960, and won seven Academy Awards. New toons were produced after that, and Warner Bros. released "Tom and Jerry: The Movie" in 1992 as a feature-length toon.

Lin will produce "Tom and Jerry" through his Lin Pictures, while Jon Silk will co-produce.

Lin is also producing Cameron Diaz starrer "The Box" and Ricky Gervais starrer "This Side of Truth," and he’s exec producer on Rodriguez’s "Shorts."
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No thanks god dammit!
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I won't watch this, ever.
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Sounds like a winner!
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Sounds like a winner!
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Meh, I hate the CG and live action blended movies with these cartoon characters. Boo!
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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.

At least they're not resorting to Hollywood formula
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I'm gonna call this right now, and if anyone wants to take me up on this, and I win, they owe me a meatball sub:

At some point in this "movie", Tom will perform a hip-hop rendition of "Is You Is, or Is You Ain't, My Bebbe".
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At some point in this "movie", Tom will perform a hip-hop rendition of "Is You Is, or Is You Ain't, My Bebbe".
You sir, have just ruined my day. Because I know it's true.

As well as the guaranteed fart gags.
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As long as Tom's owner is still a racist depiction of a large black woman I'm there...
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Put me down for "The moment where they first team up is when they save a child in danger."

Second to that would be that while in the middle of a pursuit between the two of them, they stumble upon a conspiracy/bad C.E.O. and realize they must team up.
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Hm, I don't know how I feel about this. I absolutely loved this cartoon growing up, so I will probably see this movie...maybe rent it though? This will be good for kids and it is nice they are bringing an "old school" cartoon back. Isn't this sort of what they did with Alvin and the Chipmunks?
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Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ View Post
As long as Tom's owner is still a racist depiction of a large black woman I'm there...
That was the first thing that I thought of.
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I've very curious about Rodriguez's The Jetsons.
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Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ View Post
As long as Tom's owner is still a racist depiction of a large black woman I'm there...
Did you ever catch T&J on Cartoon Network? They dubbed over the owner's old voice with a new one. Sounds less racist, but it's a blatant dub. Kind of funny, actually.

This will suck. The only live action/animated movies that worked were Who Framed Rogger Rabbit and the Looney Tunes movies.
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Tom & Jerry has always been a very popular cartoon.

I am very happy that it's finally getting the recognition it deserves and being put on the big screen.

I remain positive.
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NO....No...please....NOOOOOOOOOOOO.....no.....nonononono.....why?...........NO...NO...god? why?
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Why can't they make something from the other HB properties? Like a Thundarr the Barbarian movie?
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As long as Tom's owner is still a racist depiction of a large black woman I'm there...
I am sure Eddie Murphy would do suit up to do the Big Black Woman.
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Only if Whoopi could do a preface to the movie, putting it in context.
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As long as Tom's owner is still a racist depiction of a large black woman I'm there...
Unless Tyler Perry plays her. Then it'll be called art.
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Tom & Jerry has always been a very popular cartoon.

I am very happy that it's finally getting the recognition it deserves and being put on the big screen.

I remain positive.
I only liked the 40's and 50's versions of T&J. I know this sounds blasphemous, but I really dislike what Chuck Jones did with the duo and it only escalated the crap when it came back during the 80s and just recently as 2008 with Tom and Jerry Tales.
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Originally Posted by Matt Millheiser View Post
I'm gonna call this right now, and if anyone wants to take me up on this, and I win, they owe me a meatball sub:

At some point in this "movie", Tom will perform a hip-hop rendition of "Is You Is, or Is You Ain't, My Bebbe".
Kids don't know that song. I'll take your bet.
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Kids don't know that song. I'll take your bet.
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