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There's been some recent news come to light revealing that Sony Pictures actually owns several Animorphs domain names - including,,, and But apparently, these were bought just before the announcement of the re-release, and are due to expire on June 19th, 2013 - which means that this isn't necessarily as good of a sign as all this sounds. Chances are, the re-release was partially a way of gaging interest, and the recent cancellation isn't a good sign.

There's more details about this at Hirac Delest, where all of this has been revealed - you can read more about it here and here.

But as Issam notes (and since I'm pretty sure we all live in hope here), it might be possible for fans to build a campaign to try and convince Scolastic/Sony that a movie would be profitable.

So: what's everyone's thoughts on this, and would anyone have any ideas on what could convince these companies to consider making a movie?

Date: 2012-12-14 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm probably alone in this opinion, but I'm not sure I'd want a movie.

Animorphs is such a long and complex story, a single movie or even three movies just wouldn't do it justice. :(

Date: 2012-12-14 02:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I kind of agree with you. But the part that doesn't is incredibly bitter that "The Host" is coming out in an epic looking movie next year. :/

What would be amazing would be a really well done animated series, or with the graphics these days, live action.

Date: 2012-12-14 11:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ugh, The Host. I am soooo bitter about that.

Date: 2012-12-14 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So am I and the worst part is that its`s being directed by Andrew Niccol. But an Animorphs movie or weries would be awesome.
Edited Date: 2012-12-14 06:41 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-12-16 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know, how much cognitive dissonance right? He's one of my favorite directors and Meyer is one of my least favorite authors.

I should say most loathed because "least favorite" would imply I think she has redeemable qualities.

Date: 2012-12-16 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I completely agree with you.

Date: 2012-12-14 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I wouldn't want a movie made by someone who wasn't already super into the idea.

And I'm not sure a movie is the best format anyway. Animated series all the way.

Date: 2012-12-26 03:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ladysugarquill
Hmm, an animated series would take care of the budget/fx issues, but it'd be suck in the Animation Age Ghetto and most of the itchier themes from the books'd probably be cut :(

I don't want to say anime for fear I'll be dogpiled, but it always ends up the best option.

Or if someone could make a live-action series like they're doing with Game of Thrones, but since Animorphs are "children's" books I don't think anyone will... :(

(BTW, I love the old series. I recently re-watched it and, as sucky as the fx were, they did keep many of the books' themes).
Edited Date: 2012-12-26 03:28 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-12-14 07:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Movie, schmovie.

I have a very elaborate life plan that involves finishing my MFA in television writing, getting work on a tv show, working my way up the television ladder, creating a show that wins an Emmy, publicly thanking K.A. in my Emmy speech for being the person who made me get interested in writing, and then having my people call her people the next day and say "so. Animorphs TV reboot. What do you say?"

Date: 2012-12-14 09:22 am (UTC)
moonplanet: Dutch cover of His Dark Materials book 1, "Het Noorderlicht" by Philip Pullman (hogwartslibrary)
From: [personal profile] moonplanet
Do it :D

Date: 2012-12-14 08:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It should be a video game, done in the style of the elder-scrolls games. Have a player character be brought into the war in the style of David, make the player a silent protagonist and give the player options to take/say that will raise or lower player's standing with the other 6 core characters. Missions that happen in linear foward motion would progress the plot, just as in the books, but have some missions that happened to the core 6 before the player was recruited be in black and white, and be played from a core 6 perspective.

The player would progress through a tech tree of skills and abilities, with some abilities only availible if you have a high enough standing with one of the core 6, high Rachel standing would make morphs more powerful in combat while Jake would make them faster or Marco would give more health and Cassie would make morphing easier. Give it a frolis editor (take that Spore!).

Have the ending plot change based on who the player has highest standing with after a certain point. If Jake is the highest standing then you capture and save Tom in the #50 version, they have some heartfelt cutscenes, then Tom joins/double agent's his way to kill Visser (Esplin). If highest is Rachel, join her in the final fight against Tom and see the Ellimist's story as an epic ending movie. If Ax, Alloran gets freed and they take you back to the Andalite homeworld. If you have bad standing with all the core 6, then Ax nukes the city in the #46 version.

Animorphs just plain has way too much in it to be a complete movie, and would be too expensive to make 8 movies out of. TV series would be nice, but episodic in nature and thus subject to cancelation before being able to finish. But dropping 100 hours into playing a video game is almost a standard nowadays. Bring AppleGrant themselves into the development team, why not?

This series deserves a game that doesn't suck. How about we petition Bethesda instead?

Date: 2012-12-14 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would play this game!

Date: 2012-12-14 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would love a movie if only for the opportunity to introduce new fans to Animorphs, seeing how the relaunch failed (damn, what's wrong with kids and their taste in reading material these days?).

I wouldn't expect a movie to be great, especially at this juncture, but I think it's kind of sad to dismiss the idea altogether based on that. Besides, it's not like the series doesn't already have some terrible additions. As long as it garners lots of interest, that would make me happy. I just want people to appreciate what a fantastic series Animorphs is.


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