MANIMAL Movie in Development September 18, 2012 Campy cult series heading to the big screen. Heat Vision has received word that Sony Pictures Animation has acquired the big screen rights to the short-lived television series ‘Manimal’ with plans to develop the property as a a live action/CG hybrid feature. Created by TV producer Glen A. Larson (‘Magnum,’ ‘Knight Rider,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica’), the series, which only ran for eight episodes, starred Simon McCorkindale as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a wealthy doctor with a mysterious past, possessed the ability to morph into any animal he chose in order to help the police fight crime. ‘Flash Gordon’ actress Melody Anderson co-starred. The studio is now out to scribes to tackle the project.