As reported by Deadline, the 1960’s variety children’s show The Banana Splits is coming back as a horror movie.
Originally airing in 1968, The banana splits was a show that combined live-action segments and animated shorts. It was hosted by the titular Banana Splits band made up of Bingo, Drooper, Fleegle, and Snorky, all anthropomorphic animals.
Following its cancellation in 1970, the show found itself in syndication, with my generation remembering it from watching Cartoon Network late nights until Adult Swim took over all nights. The group found a brief revival in 2008 with new shorts, songs, and even an outdoor children activity zone.
The new horror movie takes the idea of The Banana Splits show and will follow a boy named Harley and his family during a trip to a taping of the show. Things go weird and suddenly the halls become filled with bodies. The film is being developed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment via Blue Ribbon Content for Syfy. It will star Dani Kind, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, Romeo Carere, Steve Lund, Sara Canning and will be directed by Danishka Esterhazy.
No proper release date has been given yet, but it is slated to hit screens later this year. Somehow this feels so fitting. Personally, The Banana Splits always had a bit of an eerie vibe to me and while the heyday of children’s show themed horror may be a bit behind us with the Five Nights At Freddy’s craze gone, this could be one of the most interesting “childhood gone dark” stories yet.
(Source – Deadline)