Just when you thought things couldn’t go much further past films like Battleship, The Smurfs, or a third Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, one more film gets thrown into the mix that has everyone asking one question: Why?
That’s the first and only question we asked when news came through that the classic cartoon Hong Kong Phooey was getting a new animated film (likely in 3D). We didn’t bother asking “Who?”, as we were still stuck on the first question. As it turns out, star of such classics as Norbit and Meet Dave, Eddie Murphy will be stepping into the recording studio to give Hong Kong a shot. Here’s what Deadline had to say:
Eddie Murphy will give voice to the animated lead character in Alcon Entertainment’s live action/animated big screen adaptation of the of the 1970s Hanna-Barbera animated TV series HONG KONG PHOOEY, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
Alex Zamm (“Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts,” “Tooth Fairy 2”) will direct. Kosove and Johnson will produce with Jay Stern and Brett Ratner. Steven P. Wegner will executive produce.
The film will likely do well with families and children under 12, but don’t expect to see Ebert writing an astounding review about how deep and heartfelt the film is. You can expect to see more from Phooey and the production in the coming months.