John Travolta Is 'Gummy Bear'

Posted 9:54 AM February 10th, 2014 by Jeff Giles
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Once again proving the old adage "After you've starred in Battlefield Earth, everything else seems okay by comparison," John Travolta has signed on to voice the title role in the upcoming 3D animated project Gummy Bear.

Rather than the big-screen adaptation of the long-running NBC Saturday morning series about talking forest-dwelling candy that some readers may be envisioning, this Gummy Bear is inspired by...well, we aren't sure exactly what it is, to be honest, although Coming Soon informs us that "since its launch in May 2012, it has generated 3.6+ billion downloads and has become an established global brand, growing organically" and adds that "Gummy is averaging over 20 million new users per month over the social networks and is available in 30 languages with major content partners EMI, Universal, Warner Music and Sony BMG Music Entertainment."

The Gummy website offers games, MP3s, clothing, and other assorted products, but doesn't really say much about the little green guy's story -- which is where screenwriter George Gallo, whose credits include Midnight Run and The Whole Ten Yards, comes in. According to Coming Soon's report, the Gummy Bear movie "sees Gummy and his friends--a vegetarian vampire bat, a cat and a chameleon--fighting to save an alien planet from destruction."

Those Academy Award nominations for Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction sure do seem like a long time ago. Travolta recently starred in the critically eviscerated Killing Season with Robert De Niro -- perhaps De Niro shared script-selecting advice with Travolta.

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