Dimension Films has signed a two picture deal with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich's Stoopid Monkey Productions. The deal includes a stop-motion animated holiday feature titled Naughty or Nice, and a live-action untitled comedy. The duo, who created and executive produce, write and direct Cartoon Network's Adult Swim stop-motion animated show Robot Chicken, will produce both projects under their production company Stoopid Monkey Productions. This deal marks Stoopid Monkey's first foray into film. The joint announcement was made today by Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, Seth Green and Matthew Senreich.
Naughty or Nice, a stop-motion animated holiday family feature, will be produced by Green, Senreich and DC comic book writer Geoff Johns. Senreich and Johns are also penning and co-directing. Green will direct the voiceovers and provide the voice of at least one of the main characters. Corey Campodonico and Alex Bulkley's Shadowmachine Films, which also produces Robot Chicken, will produce at their Los Angeles animation production studio.
The second project, a live action untitled comedy, will be written by Tom Root, co-head writer, co-producer and director of Robot Chicken. Root will produce the film based on his original idea, with Shadowmachine, Green and Senreich. Details of the project have not been disclosed.
Bob Weinstein stated, Seth and Matthew have come up with two incredibly unique projects that will showcase their talent to a wide audience.
Seth Green stated, For as long as I can remember, I've heard that the Weinsteins make and distribute unconventional films without sacrificing quality. They are creator-friendly and we're thrilled to be in business with them.
Seth Green has starred in films for over two decades including Without a Paddle, The Italian Job, Party Monster and all three Austin Powers movies. He continues supplying the voice of Chris Griffin on Fox's Family Guy.
Senreich began his career at Wizard Entertainment where he was editorial director. He has written pilots for Fox and he and Green previously created and executive produced a series for Sony's website. Geoff Johns is currently writing Action Comics with Richard Donner for DC and he won this year's Wizard Magazine Award for Favorite Writer. He and David Goyer co-created, wrote and produced Blade: The Series, for Spike TV. Shadowmachine also produces Cartoon Network's Adult Swim show, Moral Orel.
Richard Saperstein, president of production, Matthew Stein, senior vice president of production, and Alex Franklin, director of development and production will oversee the projects for Dimension.