Digital Domain to Possibly Joint Develop The Thundercats Movie (and Video Game).

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  1. AlexofThundera

    AlexofThundera Plun-Darr Legend

    Just saw this news piece, take it for what its worth.

    http://www.vfxworld.com/?sa=adv&code=3631a5a1&atype=news&id=23066

    Digital Domain IPO Hits Snag
    Friday April 25, 2008

    Venice-based vfx studio Digital Domain, which intended to launch its initial public stock offering this week, has apparently run into difficulty closing the deal at its asking price of 6 million shares at $12 to $14 apiece, reports THE LOS ANGELES TIMES. The pricing of the deal is now "day to day," according to Digital Domain's underwriter, San Francisco-based investment bank Thomas Weisel Partners.

    The price could be cut or Digital Domain could raise capital through private equity, the newspaper speculates.

    Digital Domain (SPEED RACER, THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON) is trying to raise $70 million after expenses.

    According to the prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Digital Domain's growth strategy is "to establish early technology leadership" in the convergence between film and videogames. The plan is to expand its operations as both a technology and content provider. The company intends to have a larger ownership stake in animated and visual effects-driven features.

    Not only is Digital Domain in the early stages of developing a videogame with two filmmakers, it is also developing its own proprietary realtime game engine, which would serve as the common architecture for the production of animated features and associated games. To that end, Digital Domain "has entered into an agreement" with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce a digitally animated 'proof-of-concept' piece for the possible future joint development of a full length animated feature film and videogame" based on the THUNDERCATS animated TV series, to be directed by videogame art director (GEARS OF WAR) Jerry O' Flaherty
     
  2. Mark / Grizzlor

    Mark / Grizzlor Site Director TC.org Staff

    The video game stuff is news, but Digital Domain being connected to the film was announced at the Game Developers Conference.

    Since Jerry's background is in video games, I'm not really surprised that a tie-in video game is going to be made. Whether or not the quality of the game is going to be good is another topic. ;)
     
  3. catspat

    catspat also known as...Leppardra

    The video game is where Warners can have Larry Kenney reprise his Lion-O role. That's another good thing to consider if they decide to use him for the game, if not for the film. :)
     
  4. Mark / Grizzlor

    Mark / Grizzlor Site Director TC.org Staff

    I think that would be a perfect combination and resolution. :) Great idea Catspat!
     
  5. AlexofThundera

    AlexofThundera Plun-Darr Legend

    I like that idea as well.

    And you know, the more I think about it, I think that if WB decided to go with an all new voice cast, it would be a really nice thing if they had Larry do the voice of Jaga. Sorta like a tribute to us fans of the original voice actors. We'll see.

    Either way it looks like the development of the movie is still in its infancy. I'm sure we will start getting more solid news as things progress.
     
  6. I also like the idea and especially your take on Larry doin Jaga as a tribute if nothing else. It would still be nice to see at least Larry do Lion-O even if the rest of the voice actors are different since it would be like the Transformers. But if he just does the videogame I'll be fine that. I can't wait to hear more news :)
     

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