As their distribution deal with Paramount comes to an end (and Paramount set up shop for themselves) and they prepare to enter into their new 5-year deal with Fox, DreamWorks Animation have announced the unprecedented 12 film slate that will run from 2013 to mid-2016.
The Paramount deal concludes with November's Rise of the Guardians, and the Fox deal starts with Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon co-director Chris Sanders' next film, The Croods, (also, I somehow missed this, but the first still from The Croods, above, appeared online last week, along with character descriptions, via EW - very striking visuals!) early next year.
The announcement, via THR, also introduces B.O.O: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations to the table, which will be directed by Tony Leondis (Igor), produced by Maryann Garger (Flushed Away) and written by Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots), from an original story by Leondis. And How to Train Your Dragon 3, due 18th June, 2016, will return Stitch and Dragon 1 co-director Dean DeBlois to the helm. The importance of this announcement is that DreamWorks will be producing three films a year going forward - four in 2015! Fox and DreamWorks reps offered up comments:
"Everyone of the movies in our lineup – whether it is an original film or a sequel to one of our beloved franchises – comes from the unique and special vision of our filmmakers, and we look forward to joining together with Fox to make them available to family audiences starting next year," says DreamWorks CCO, Bill Damaschke.
"We have had the privilege not only to view many of these films in their various stages but also to meet the incredible leadership teams behind each one, and we are very confident about DreamWorks Animation’s robust future slate" adds Fox Filmed Entertainment head, Tom Rothman
Check out the full, year-by-year, breakdown after the jump break!
- The Croods (March 22, 2013)
- Turbo (July 19, 2013)
- Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Nov. 1, 2013)
- Me and My Shadow (March 14, 2014)
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 20, 2014)
- Happy Smekday! (Nov. 26, 2014)
- The Penguins of Madagascar (March 27, 2015)
- Trolls (working title, June 5, 2015)
- B.O.O: Bureau of Otherwordly Operations (Nov. 6, 2015)
- Mumbai Musical [previously Monkeys of Mumbai] (working title, Dec. 19, 2015)
- Kung Fu Panda 3 (March 18, 2016)
- How to Train Your Dragon 3 (June 18, 2016)
Definitely a packed, and solid, schedule for DreamWorks. Note, also, the relatively low number of sequels; here at A113Animation, we're very eager to see what comes out of all of these projects!