'Hong Kong Phooey' Movie Comes True

July 13, 2009

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Confirming a worry I developed back in March, when looking at Scatman Crothers' IMDb page, Variety is reporting that Alcon Entertainment has recruited Alex Zamm to direct a live-action/CGI hybrid adaptation of Hong Kong Phooey.

The original Hanna-Barbera cartoon focused on an anthropomorphic dog/police station janitor moonlighting as a kung fu crimefighter. So this version will be... Justin Long as a lonely police station janitor with a crush on a tough-but-beautiful female cop (Sarah Chalke of Scrubs) who gets taken hostage by a ridiculously over-the-top crime lord and his bumbling sidekicks; Long is thankfully able to save her once the stray dog he took in at the beginning of the film reveals that it possesses martial arts skills and a Scatman-like voice? Margin of error: +/-1 Jason Lee.

For those unfamiliar with the series, this should explain everything:

Justin Long hears CLANKING inside the police station's file cabinet. He cautiously approaches, raising his mop as a weapon.

JUSTIN: Who's in there?

No answer. He moves in close, SLAMS the drawer open, SCREAMS...

JUSTIN: A dog?

DOG: Could be!

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