DreamWorks Animation has found their man in acclaimed filmmaker Edgar Wright, who is set to direct and co-write the screenplay for an original animated feature centered on the concept of shadows. Wright will co-write the film with acclaimed comedian and author, David Walliams. The Untitled Shadows Movie, a new approach to a previously developed concept, marks the feature animation directorial debut for Wright.
For DreamWorks Animation's Co-Presidents of Feature Animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria, the hiring of Edgar Wright is the latest example of the studio's focus on working with a diverse group of the industry's most gifted filmmakers. Wright's distinctive comedic voice has spawned a legion of loyal fans, with beloved films including Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World and Hot Fuzz. The multi-talented filmmaker also co-wrote the Golden Globe winning, The Adventures of Tintin.
Co-writer David Walliams is a celebrated comedian, actor, author, television personality and activist, known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC One sketch show, Little Britain. A best-selling children's author, Walliams' books have sold more than 10 million copies to date. Here's what DreamWorks Animation's Co-Presidents of Feature Animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria had to say in a joint statement.
"Edgar will spearhead a new approach to this fascinating concept and we're ecstatic to have him on board as director along with David as co-writer. We've always been intrigued by a film concept involving shadows, and now with Edgar's signature comedic style and abilities as a natural storyteller, audiences will be treated to a truly captivating and energetic tale."
Edgar Wright most recently directed the 2013 comedy The World's End. The filmaker is currently in pre-production on his next project, Baby Driver, which has Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx set to star. Sony Pictures has already set a March 17, 2017 release date for the comedy. Here's what the director had to say in his statement.
"My first endeavors in film-making as a teenager were in animation, so it was hugely intriguing to get a call from DreamWorks Animation about potentially directing. When the Shadows concept was suggested to me, I could see the poster, the title sequence and pretty much the whole movie. It's a blast writing this and to have one of my oldest friends in comedy, David Walliams, along for the adventure is a thrill."
DreamWorks Animation's Head of Development Gregg Taylor and development executive Damon Ross are overseeing the project for the studio. DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 31 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss in Boots and The Croods.