According to Variety, seventies cartoon icon Hong Kong Phooey will soon be making the leap to film with the help of Family Guy scribe David Goodman and Dr. Doolittle: Million Dollar Mutts director Alex Zamm. The martial arts-adept canine was voiced by rasptastic character actor Scatman Crothers. Crothers will be unable to reprise his role, having died in 1980 during a freak axe attack while responding to a telepathic distress call.

The film will combine live action and animation. This seems appropriate, since the Hanna-Barbera cartoon "classic" was only partially animated at best. Casting has not been announced; it will be difficult to find actors as stiff, wooden and slow-moving as Hanna-Barbera creations.Might we suggest Scooby Doo's Freddie Prinze Jr.?