Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Stop Motion From The Middle Kingdom

An entertainment journal tells us:

London-based GFM Films and Bill Schultz’s Home Plate Entertainment Company are teaming to develop and produce feature-length stop-motion animated pic, Codename Housewife: The Case Of The Missing Rock Stars (WT). The fish-out-of-water-meets-secret-agent musical comedy is based on the Korean short film, Code Name: Azumma: The Missing Rock Stars, and will be directed by Oscar-winner Will Vinton and Korean claymation helmer Hong Sukhwa. Jim Cox (FernGully, Oliver & Co) is writing the script.

Former Simpsons producer Schultz is producing with GFM providing next stage development finance together with UK-based White & Company. Animation will be carried out at the Pangao Studio in Beijing, under an agreement between China Film Group and Home Plate Entertainment. ...

Here's the Korean featurette on which the Chinese feature will be based.

It's good to see Will Vinton, who hasn't been too active in the animation game the past ten years, directing another animated movie. How the Chinese studio will work out, time will reveal.


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