We've been hearing more about the Smurfs movie lately. Hollywood continues to show us that they have run out of new ideas. Variety has reported that Alcon Entertainment is moving forward with its LIVE ACTION/ANIMATED version of Hong Kong Phooey. Alex Zamm (Inspector Gadget 2) is directing a script written by David Goodman. It gets better (or perhaps worse), it looks like Brett Ratner is also one of the producers.
Hong Kong Phooey was a classic Hanna-Barbera show that featured Penrod Pooch, a janitor in a police station that secretly fought crime as the masked hero. Hong Kong Phooey bumbled through the cases often getting assistance (unaware) from Spot, the office cat.
I have to say that this pretty much bums me out. There was something about Hong Kong Phooey that appealed to me as a child. While the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons were all great, Hong Kong Phooey was the only action figure I got when McFarlane Toys recently put out a couple lines of figures based on the classics.
But then again since Hong Kong Phooey is the "number one super guy," I shouldn't be surprised that a movie with him is being made. Let's just hope they can get someone that could do the voice nearly as well as Scatman Crothers did.