The trio have already set up their first two projects including Goose Chase and The Silk Road Rally, which will both be written by Charming’s Ross Venokur. The films will be produced by Deepak Nayar’s Kintop Pictures and John Williams’ Vanguard Entertainment, while Riverstone will finance.
Goose Chase is set in the world of classic Mother Goose characters; it is an action-comedy about Simple Simon and Wee Willy Winkie, the world’s worst treasure hunters, who embark on a mission to find the legendary golden eggs in hopes of saving their world and, maybe, winning the heart of Little Bo Peep.
The Silk Road Rally is a comedy with an international cast of characters who come together to compete in a wacky, no holds barred car race along the famous Silk Road trade route in China. Shrek 3 and Roger Rabbit writer Peter Seaman will co-produce.
Other projects in the works include Genetapets, about a 13-year-old girl named Lulu and her unique pets who fight local crime daily, Alien Rock Band, Zorgamazoo and Brobots.
Williams said: “I have had a fantastic experience working with Deepak and I am thrilled to be setting this slate together with him and Nik. Ross and I have worked together on many projects over the past two decades, culminating most recently in Charming.”
Bower added, “With Show Dogs, Riverstone has already planted its flag firmly in the family space. Animated movies are a natural extension of that enterprise. In every genre we look to partner with the finest talent working in the business, and we’re delighted to be embarking on this collaboration with Ross and John.”
Riverstone Pictures’ next release is big-budget family film Show Dogs, which is going out wide through Global Road Entertainment in the U.S. and a range of major distributors around the world later this month. The company is currently in post-production on a number of films, including Michael Winterbottom’s The Wedding Guest, starring Dev Patel, The Corrupted, starring Sam Claflin, Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum, starring Matthew McConaughey; and At Eternity’s Gate, starring Willem Dafoe as Vincent Van Gogh.