Monday, July 23, 2012

Could a Gumby Movie be in the Works?

Gumby
Gumby (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you were a fan of the old TV show “Gumby,” you might be excited to know that a Gumby movie could be coming to the big screen in the not-so-distant future. 

In fact, many of your favorite old TV shows could be getting big screen remakes if Dreamworks has its way with a potential deal to acquire Classic Media, the company that owns a wide range of recognizable and classic characters that many of us know and love. According to a recent report in the New York Times, bidding for Classic Media has reached $150 million with Dreamworks having the highest bid at the time of the report. 

Since the stock for Dreamworks has dropped about 8 percent in the last year, they are looking for ways to increase profits and shareholder confidence. If they acquired Classic Media, they could bring some of the biggest characters in TV history back to the American consciousness for a whole new generation and their parents and grandparents. And if Dreamworks began making movies with some of these beloved characters, there’s no limit to what they could do with them. Each of these characters could present opportunities for multiple sequels with today’s culture of wanting to see the classics brought back to the screen. 

Some of the characters owned by Classic Media that could be revived by Dreamworks include The Lone Ranger, Richie Rich, Casper the Friendly Ghost, Lassie and several others. Dreamworks could save money in many aspects by acquiring the rights to these characters. For one thing, the company wouldn’t have to pay for developing new characters like they have had to do in the past. Although those characters have come to be pop culture icons, including films like Antz, Shark Tale and even Kung Fu Panda. However, they have not received the same recognition as franchises like Disney Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story or even Monster’s Inc. The biggest franchises put forth by Dreamworks are Shrek and Madagascar, two franchises which have outlived their popularity with numerous sequels that seem to putter out soon after their release.

What would be some of the characters you would like to see revived on the big screen? Could you imagine something like The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp? Or what if they did another Richie Rich movie that showcased some of today’s latest gadgets and technologies that they didn’t have when they did the movie before? We could be in for some exciting remakes…or possibly just a few more flops.