In October, Variety reported that Fantastic Four director Tim Story (Ride Along, Shaft) was in talks to direct a hybrid Tom and Jerry feature film employing both animation and live-action elements, I assume not too dissimilar to the Detective Pikachu movie.
The Tom and Jerry cartoon revolves around a cat (Tom) and a mouse (Jerry), who are mostly trying to kill each other (with knives, guns, explosives.. etc) but never end up doing it since they are cartoon characters and can’t be killed. The series was the direct inspiration for The Simpsons’ Itchy and Scratchy, but the cartoon has since been watered-down to reflect the modern disapproval of violence in cartoons.
HN Entertainment has been able to confirm that they’ve hired cinematographer Alan Stewart, who recently worked on Disney’s Aladdin and Guy Ritchie’s British gangster pic Toff Guys.
Stewart also works as a 2unit cinematographer as his credits include Spectre, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Mary Poppins Returns, King Arthur: Legend of The Sword, and Pan.
Our pals at DiscussingFilm previously mentioned a possible July production start in the UK.
We believe there is an extremely good chance that Tom and Jerry will be filming at the studio’s UK stage space Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, as high-profile projects like Fantastic Beasts 3 and The Flash have been recently delayed giving them an opening in the production schedule to shoot there.
There was also a piece of early concept art featuring Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence floating around online recently, but it remains to be seen if she’ll actually sign-on to the film. Since Chris Pratt was also spotted on a piece of Sonic The Hedgehog artwork, but the role ended up going to Westworld’s James Marsden instead.
Warner Bros. has yet to give Tom and Jerry an official release date.
SOURCE: HN ENTERTAINMENT