China's Original Force Opens US Animation Hub

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China's Original Force Opens US Animation Hub


Kay, Jeremy, Screen International


Original Force president and founder Harley Zhao (pictured, centre) told guests at a party in Downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday evening that the company has started production on three features and will aim produce at least one CG film approximately every 18 months.

Rabins (pictured at far left) and Finkelman Cox (pictured at far right) will serve as co-presidents of Original Force Animation and are partners with Zhao on the newly launched animated feature division.

The new arrivals launched Sony Pictures Animation in 2002 and have deep ties to DreamWorks Animation. They have overseen such titles as Shrek, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and Open Season and have begun to assemble their team for the inaugural slate.

Meanwhile Peter Adee, formerly president of marketing at Universal Pictures and MGM, is consulting on the launch of the first Original Force titles.

FIRST TITLES

The roster features Duck Duck Goose (pictured), which Home producer Christopher Jenkins (pictured third from right) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Rob Muir about a goose that takes two ducklings under his wing as they embark on a perilous journey back to their flocks. Finkelman Cox and Rabins produce with Viola Chen.

Original Force is in pre-production on OldZilla, about an aging monster on a final hell-raising mission to ruin the opening of a megastore.

Bob Bendetson (pictured second from left), an occasional producer and writer on The Simpsons, co-wrote with Art Everett and will direct.

In the early stages of production is QQ Speed, a co-production with Tencent Holding Limited based on the popular Chinese online video game.

Rugrats Go Wild director John Eng (pictured second from right) develops and will direct.

Ratchet & Clank is a co-production with CNHK, Rainmaker and Blockade that Cinema Management Group has been pre-selling internationally at a number of markets.

The development slate includes Where The Mountain Meets The Moon and Riding Giants. …

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