Perhaps mirroring the production of their current mega-hit Frozen, The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Disney have added Chris Williams, who co-directed 2008's Bolt with Tangled's Byron Howard, as a director of their upcoming Marvel-adaptation Big Hero 6, alongside existing director Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh).
If you're thinking this means the film's in trouble, don't. Disney pulled a similar move last year, adding Wreck-It Ralph screenwriter Jennifer Lee as a director on Frozen, and that worked out fantastically. Apparently it was a time-saving measure, with one director devoted to story, and another to animation, before the duo rejoined in the editing room. The results speak for themselves, with Frozen looking to be Disney's biggest critical and financial hit since The Lion King.
Also of note, Kristina Reed (Paperman) seems to have been replaced as the producer of the project, with Tangled's Roy Conli now filling the role. No reason was given for any of the additions, but one thing's for sure, Big Hero 6 has got a lot of talent behind it.
Here's the synopsis given by THR:
The action comedy adventure follows robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who must save the city of [San Fransokyo] from a criminal plot with the help of a robot, Baymax; and Gogo, Honey Lemon, sushi chef Wasabi and fanboy Fred.Big Hero 6 certainly seems set to be one of the most interesting and exciting films of next year, and with the current hot streak Walt Disney Animation Studios are on, expectations are high. It hits cinemas on 7th November, 2014 in the US, and 13th February, 2015 in the UK (*groan*).