So, here’s a new film project that I wasn’t expecting. Charlie Chaplin’s classic 1921 film The Kid is getting an animated sci-fi reimagining called The Kid: An Animated Adventure. Jacob Tremblay (Wonder) has been set to provide the voice of the lead character.
The new story is set in a futuristic New York City which “has been flooded and split vertically into two distinct regions. Tremblay’s eponymous character is a young boy living with his mother in Uptown, a boring, artless place of overprotective safety. When he runs away seeking adventure, he winds up in the mysterious and dangerous Downtown and encounters Chaplin, a robot with a human soul. Together, the two embark on adventures to discover the secret mystery behind Chaplin, while pursued by police, the Kid’s mother, and a colorful cast of modern circus performers.”
Well, this should be interesting. I’m not sure what to think about it. I guess most people won’t really care because a lot of audiences these days probably have never even seen The Kid. For me personally, I love the original movie. It’s such a sweet, charming, and heart-wrenching film. One thing this movie could do is help introduce the original movie to a whole new audience.
The Kid: An Animated Adventure will be directed by Christian Volckman (Renaissance) with Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) on board as executive producer. They co-wrote the script together alongside journalist and author Boris Starling (Messiah).
The producers of the film had this to say in a joint statement:
“Top creative talent have been the driving force of this project and will continue to be. We can’t imagine anyone better than Jacob Tremblay for this role and we have no doubt that we’ll soon be able to announce more great voices joining the cast.”
FilmNation Entertainment CEO Glen Basner added:
“We are thrilled to make our foray into animation and could not imagine a better fit for FilmNation as it has ties to cinema history with Chaplin and his first film. New audiences throughout the world will now get to fall in love with Chaplin’s Tramp all over again.”
What do you all think about Chaplin’s The Kid getting a sci-fi animated reimagining?