Stephen Chow's ET Gets Animated

A hit movie despite critics hating it, Stephen Chow's ET "homage" CJ-7 is to return to Chinese cinemas next year as an animated character. Well, we did call the original movie "Hello Kitty-ish."

The movie won't be written or directed by Chow; instead, animation veteran Toe Yuen will direct, with the new movie featuring many actors voicing the characters they played in the 2008 original. Chow's assistant is quoted by Variety, partially explaining the movie:

It's more like a sequel to 'CJ-7' and we will begin shooting this September. We're not revealing the budget and Stephen Chow will executive produce.

The new movie is expected to debut late 2010.

Chow to produce 'CJ-7' animation [Variety]