Magazine article Screen International

AFM: Terry Jones to Direct Animation 'Sherlock Hound'

Magazine article Screen International

AFM: Terry Jones to Direct Animation 'Sherlock Hound'

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Monty Python legend Terry Jones is set to direct family animation Sherlock Hound And The Case Of The Missing Santa Claus (3D), which Simon Crowe's SC Films has boarded ahead of the AFM.

Jones, who most recently directed Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale in UK comedy Absolutely Anything, is due to direct the feature with his producer-director son Bill Jones and his business partner Ben Timlett of UK production outfit Bill and Ben Productions, which is also producing.

Writers are Denis Higgins and Stephen Meier.

The Victorian-set story will feature canine sleuth Sherlock Hound on the hunt for Santa Claus after he goes missing.

Characters in the script include The Queen, a polar bear Father Christmas, Elves as penguins, Rudolph the Reindeer and evil feline Moriarty.

Currently in development, the production is aiming to shoot next spring for a Christmas 2018 release. Casting is due to get underway later this year with Jones considering a voice role in the film.

Absolutely Anything, produced by Bill and Ben, was the first narrative feature directed by celebrated British comedian Jones since 1996 comedy Mr. …

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