In what will be his first fully animated feature debut, the Shaun Of The Dead director is taking on DreamWorks Animation’s shadowy pic. The Jeffrey Katzenberg-run toon studio announced today that Edgar Wright will helm and co-write a as yet-untitled feature “centered on the concept of shadows.” No release date has been set.
This effort co-written by David Walliams is not a revamping on the long-on-hold Me & My Shadow feature, sources say, but something entirely original dealing with a the same basic concept. “Edgar will spearhead a new approach to this fascinating concept, and we’re ecstatic to have him onboard as director along with David as co-writer,” DreamWorks Animation’s Co-Presidents of Feature Animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria said Thursday. “We’ve always been intrigued by a film concept involving shadows, and now with Edgar’s signature comedic style and abilities as a natural storyteller, audiences will be treated to a truly captivating and energetic tale.”
While the Shadows project is the first completely animated feature Wright will direct, The Adventures of Tintin writer is working on the live-action/animated hybrid Fortunately, the Milk with Johnny Depp starring and producing.
“My first endeavors in filmmaking as a teenager were in animation, so it was hugely intriguing to get a call from DreamWorks Animation about potentially directing,” Wright said in a statement. “When the Shadows concept was suggested to me, I could see the poster, the title sequence and
pretty much the whole movie. It’s a blast writing this and to have one of my oldest friends in comedy, David Walliams, along for the adventure is a thrill.”
Wright is repped by CAA, Independent Talent Group and Anonymous Content. Little Britain c0-creator and co-star and Britain’s Got Talent judge Walliams is repped by CAA and Troika.