Warner Bros. Producing Prequel to Hit Mexican Toon 'Top Cat'

"Top Cat"

Top Cat and his feline sidekicks are based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series

Warner Bros. Pictures and Mexican animation house Anima Studios are producing a Spanish-language Top Cat origin story.

The Warner release Don Gato: El Inicio de la Pandilla (Top Cat: The Gang's Beginnings) will hit Mexican theaters in August 2015. Andres Couturier (Kung Fu Magoo) is directing the film, which will be a reboot done entirely in CGI.

The first Top Cat movie, produced by Anima and Argentina's Illusion Studios, had a record-breaking opening weekend in Mexico in 2011 and it became the year's highest-grossing domestic film. Internationally, it was released in 25 countries.

Executive producer Fernando de Fuentes said the prequel is Anima's most ambitious project to date, with a budget of about US$8 million. Warner Bros. has first-look rights for worldwide distribution.