New Line has acquired the distribution rights to the Handmade Films International animated project Planet 51. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is the first time the studio has released an animated film in its forty year history.
Shrek writer Joe Stillman created this story about a planet that lives in fear of an alien invasion. This paranoia is realized when Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker arrives from earth. After befriending a young inhabitant of the planet, Capt. Chuck must evade capture in order to retrieve his spaceship and go home.
Planet 51 is in production and scheduled for completion in March 2009. Voice casting is currently underway.