Fans of the short-lived '80s TV series "Manimal" have something to roar about today: "Anchorman" vets Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are teaming up to produce a big screen adaptation of the cult show.

Deadline reports that Ferrell and McKay will co-produce the flick with Glen A. Larson, who co-produced the original NBC series. Per Deadline, "The original 1983 series starred Simon MacCorkindale as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a dashing and wealthy man raised in Africa who was also 'master of the secrets that divide man from animal.' It was cancelled after eight episodes, only to live on in the hearts of a devoted cult fandom."

The site also reports that the big screen adaptation will be a hybrid of live action and animation, and is being envisioned as "an action-comedy with heavy visual effects and animated elements."

"I think it's right down our alley, it's what we do," McKay said of the quirky concept in a statement. "It's tongue-in-cheek and has an action component, but overall it's a comedy. ... Like 'The Catcher In The Rye' or 'The Sound And The Fury,' 'Manimal' has always been one of those elusive projects every producer dreams of taking to the silver screen. I know the movie will be funny and entertaining, but will it be the first film to win a Pulitzer? We'll just have to see."

Filmmakers are currently on the lookout for a director for the project.

[via: Deadline, h/t HitFix]

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