Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sony Pictures Animation Marches On

This is encouraging news.

Sony Pictures Animation has picked up the rights to "The Familiars," an upcoming children's fantasy book series written by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson.

Sam Raimi and Josh Donen are in negotiations to produce via their Stars Road Entertainment banner. Epstein and Jacobson also will write the script.

The writers pitched the idea to their reps at UTA and H2F Entertainment, who believed -- given the current marketplace that favors having an IP like a comic book or book behind a project -- that going the book route would be better than simply going out with a pitch.

People have wondered if SPA was going to continue as a production entity (this includes Sony Pictures Animation employees I have talked to.) They've got Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs ready for release; it's gratifying that another property is being picked up.

The more animation players in the marketplace, the better.


Anonymous said...

Great news , maybe by 2012 they will be able to hire back some of the artist that have been let go this year.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand...they'd rather buy a book series that A) Hasn't been written yet, and B) hasn't proved itself, to make a movie than coming up with internal original ideas? Sure, it's harder, but it's WAY cheaper, and Sony would own it all!

Sounds really stupid. But hey, they have some chick running the place that has never made a movie before, much less an animated one.


Anonymous said...

I agree with the second anonymous. Sony's not even sure the book's going to sell, but they're planning already on a movie version. yeesh. Sony ought to concentrate on decent games for the PS3 and bringing back the AIBO. And leave the moviemaking to actual, you know, moviemakers.

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