... Verbinski sees a new frontier in animation where audacious outlaws may finally win. He said R-rated animation projects (such as David Fincher’s discussed adaptation of “The Goon“) may be pioneer projects to watch.
“There’s so much you can do in animation, and maybe what’s interesting is a movie where you don’t bring your 6-year-old,” Verbinksi said, adding that the the animation legacy of Ralph Bakshi and “Heavy Metal” may be a compass point for Hollywood as far as mature audience ambitions. “You can tell so many stories. I think where it’s going is very interesting if we let it be.”
But I tend to think that Hollywood conglomerates will want to make features that make a good deal more money than Verbinski ... or Ralph Bakshi in his heyday ... pulled in with their animated creations.
Don't get me wrong. Some high-powered player will be able to get his pet "adult" animated project off the ground. But if the feature doesn't make a lot of swag, our fine entertainment conglomerates will quickly run away from it.
Disney, Viacom, Warners and the rest are not Renaissance art studios. They are in the game for profit.
(Even Johnny Depp, with all his power and influence, will be unlikely to get Rum Diaries II off the ground. Because RD Uno made pretty close to nothing.)