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"A horse is a horse, of course, of course, And no one can talk to a horse of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed." And Mister Ed is ready to talk again.
Waterman Entertainment announced today that they are now developing a new feature film based on the series that ran from 1958 to 1966. Staring Alan Young, the show followed the friendship between Wilbur Post and his horse Mister Ed, an equine that somehow had the ability to talk. and would only speak to Wilbur. Episodes would feature Mister Ed causing some kind of mischief, leaving his klutzy owner to try and fix things. The plan is to make the film into a live action/CGI hybrid movie, meaning that there's a chance no actual horse will be involved.
The studio sees the property as a platform to build a number of family-friendly franchises and has been digging through multiple mediums, including television, digital, literary, and merchandising, for new stories to develop. It was announced just last week that the studio is also developing a new version of The Brave Little Toaster, which will be getting a upgrade and will feature modern appliances like iPhones.
Said Cooper Waterman, son of company founder Steve Waterman, about the studio's development, "We are identifying properties that have had success with multiple generations of parents who feel comfortable and have excitement about reintroducing the characters and storylines to their own kids and grandkids. While each property remains independent of each other, they will share the commonality of addressing social values, morality lessons, and characteristics that are clearly identifiable for kids with comedic elements for all age groups."
The press release sent out by the studio doesn't mention when the Mister Ed movie will go into development or any writers or directors that are attached.