Wednesday, February 28, 2007

'Shrek' Writer Signs Up For $50 Million CGI Movie Planet One

And since people have realized that talking animals in CG movies are not hot anymore, everybody is doing sci-fi. I love sci-fi, so I can't really complain. But that herd movement thinking is getting so ooooold...

Handmade Films Intl. has teamed up with Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios to finance and co-produce "Planet One," a $50 million CGI movie written by "Shrek" scribe Joe Stillman. The film will be directed by Jorge Blanco, the lead artist on the vidgame series "Commandos." Production is set to start in May, with the theatrical release targeted for Christmas 2008 or Easter 2009. Pic is described as an alien invasion story with a difference. The inhabitants of Planet One, who have two antennae and eight fingers, live in a world strangely akin to American suburbia of the 1950s, with drive-in movies, picket fences and a persistent fear of alien invasion — which is fulfilled when a human astronaut lands in their midst. Apart from contributing to the screenplays of all three "Shrek" movies, Stillman also worked closely with Mike Judge on his series "Beavis and Butthead" and "King of the Hill," for which he was Emmy-nominated.

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