Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainmentsimonc1 and Australian special effects house Animal Logic Entertainment (The Lego Movie, Happy Feet) are partnering to develop music-based animated and hybrid animation/live action pics. Their first project is slated for release in 2016. “It is a dream come true to have this opportunity of working with Animal Logic. I think their work is pure genius and I really feel excited about the films we are going to be making together,” said Cowell. Animal Logic’s, Zareh Nalbandian is heading up the partnership, along with Jason Lust and Syco Entertainment’s, Adam Milano. “We are thrilled to bring together the amazing talent, global reach and expertise in popular music of Syco Entertainment alongside Animal Logic’s rich history of innovative, cutting edge animation and universal storytelling. I am confident our truly complementary collaboration with Syco will be a very powerful force in family entertainment”, said Nalbandian. Syco, together with Sony Pictures, produced the 2013 boy band documentary One Direction: This Is Us. Morgan Spurlock directed the pic about the teen idols who were discovered on Cowell‘s UK X Factor in 2010. Cowell is back as a judge on UK X Factor. The U.S. version of the singing competition was canceled in February after three seasons.