THR reports that Inspector Gadget is making a return.
Disney is developing a new live-action take on the 1980s animated series centering on the clumsy cyborg police inspector, hiring Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell, best known as writers on Saturday Night Live, to pen the script.
Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, who produced the billion dollar-grossing live-action Aladdin remake, are producing Gadget via their Rideback banner.
Gadget was an American-Canadian co-production produced for the syndicated market that was a stable around North America in the 1980s and 1990s. It featured a bionic Inspector Clouseau type who could command (OK, he couldn’t) an endless array of gizmos built into his body. His archenemy was Dr. Claw, leader of an organization named M.A.D. Also figuring in the proceedings was Penny, Gadget’s niece and the brains behind him who actually stopped Claw’s plans. There was also Brain, Penny’s crafty dog and Chief Quimby.
The last time a live-action version of the cartoon was tried was in 1999 by and starred Matthew Broderick. That film grossed $132 million on a $90 million budget and on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 21%. The direct to video sequel came out in 2003. Why Disney wants to go back to this well again is a mystery.