It was over a year ago that we reported that Eddie Murphy had been signed on to provide the voice of the titular crime-fighting dog for Warner Brothers’s live action/CGI adaptation of the 1970s cartoon Hong Kong Phooey. Since then, I had forgotten all about the project, probably because it sounded like a bad idea. Well, some test footage has shown up online that reinforces that notion.
Director Alex Zamm has posted some of his test footage online and I can’t say that I am all that impressed. Technically the footage looks fine, but the humor in it just seems so lazy.
The footage is coupled with some test footage that Zamm developed for a live action/CGI Marvin The Martian feature. Storytelling-wise it is a bit better, but I’m still not convinced that this would have been a good film either.
It should be noted that the Marvin The Martian feature has long since been cancelled. Does its coupling with the Hong Kong Phooey test footage indicate that that project is cancelled as well?
Via Bleeding Cool.