Sony Pictures Animation today announced the acquisition of an original animated comedy feature pitch by Todd Alcott and Holly Golden entitled MEDUSA, which will tell an all-new story behind the infamous snake-headed lady from Greek mythology. Emmy® winner Lauren Faust, who rebooted the My Little Pony franchise in 2010 and turned it into the current My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic phenomenon with an ever-growing fanbase of all ages, is attached to direct the feature.
Sony Pictures Animation president of production Michelle Raimo Kouyate will supervise production, along with Jenny Marchick and Daniel Inkeles. Kouyate states, “After hearing the ingeniously funny pitch from Todd and Holly, we could immediately see the enormous potential in the idea...."
Allcott was a co-writer on the animated feature hit Antz, and most recently worked on the Weinstein Company’s live-action The Giver, starring Jeff Bridges and directed by Philip Noyce; Golden has enjoyed a successful career in reality television production. ...
Scanning this with other morning e-mails, my first reaction was: "Whaa?? ... They're doing a movie with the Milt Kahl character from The Rescuers? How did Sony get the rights?"
Then, when my head cleared (and I read it a second time) I realized "Oh, the mythological character. The lady with the hair-do of snakes. Right."
The comforting thing for us is, while the bulk of production will be done in Vancouver (more's the pity), the development work will be done in Culver City under Sony Pictures Animation.