Universal-based Illumination Entertainment will create a 3-D animated feature based on "Flanimals," a children's book series by Ricky Gervais.
Gervais will voice the lead character, and the script will be written by Matt Selman ("The Simpsons").
The four-volume series, illustrated by Rob Steen, encompasses a world inhabited by 50 species of creatures so ugly and misshapen they become cute and endearing. Gervais' character, a pudgy, perspiring purple creature, goes on a mission to change the world. "It will be great to play a short, fat, sweaty loser for a change," Gervais said. "A real stretch."
Illumination founder Chris Meledandri will produce with Courtney Pledger. Gervais will exec produce.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Universal Picks Up Flanimals
Never heard of it, but the pics look pretty funny. Nice to see Universal doing more animated films since they tend to gross a crap load at the box office. Will keep a good hear on this movie.