Gearing up for Easter, Sony Animation has acquired rights to Hip Hop by Greg Ostrin and Michael Weiss at around the same time that Illumination Entertainment, the Universal-based shingle with a history in animation, purchased I Hop, which will mark its first live-action feature, according to Variety.
In Hip Hop, the Easter Bunny decides to retire and hides out as a pet with a suburban family, turning their lives upside down. The tone is being described as along the lines of Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Santa Clause. The plan is to make the movie using a mix of CGI and live-action.
In I Hop, the Easter Bunny is hit by a car driven by a slacker. When the bunny can't hop because his leg is broken, the driver must train to take over the job and save Easter.
Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio wrote the script, with John Cohen and Chris Meledradnria producing.
No production dates have been set.