Wednesday, September 28, 2016

"Peter Rabbit" Is Getting The Big Screen Live Action Treatment (In Oz)

Not lots of news about this yet, although there is some regarding casting, but we're posting the news since children's literature often overlaps with fairy tale interests. The Australian studio Animal Logic, that handled the animation for the (amazing) film The Lego Movie, will handle the animation (of which there will be a lot, as this is a live action-CG hybrid film). 

James Cordon will be Peter's nemesis Mr. McGregor.

The live action portion will also be shot in Australia, in Sydney, in handy proximity to Animal Logic.

Here's the initial report:
With this film, Columbia and Frederick Warne will bring Beatrix Potter’s beloved character Peter Rabbit to a new family audience. Warne has been Beatrix Potter’s publisher since its publication of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” in 1902, and is home to the Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter brands.
“We at Penguin Random House UK are delighted to be working with Columbia Pictures,” said Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House UK. “As custodians of Beatrix Potter’s brand and legacy, we are excited about the opportunity this production will bring to engage a whole new audience with the world of Beatrix Potter and one of her best-loved characters, the mischievous Peter Rabbit.”Sony Pictures Entertainment will create and execute a worldwide licensing and merchandising program for the new “Peter Rabbit,” in association with Warne.Production on “Peter Rabbit” is due to commence in January 2017, and is set for worldwide release in April 2018. The film will be made with the support of the Australian Government through Screen Australia and Screen NSW, and in collaboration with Sony Pictures Animation. Lauren Abrahams will oversee the project for the studio.

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