Roland Emmerich Gets Animated With ‘Lost Amazon’; Shout! Factory Acquires ‘Albert’ Pic – AFM Briefs

Roland Emmerich is making his first foray into animated features. The big-budget director is aboard as executive producer of Lost Amazon, which has just been acquired for international sales by Double Dutch International. The project will be introduced at this week’s American Film Market.

Awesometown Entertainment’s Dan Krech and Emmerich’s Stonewall executive producer Kirstin Winkler are executive producing this one. Production is now set to begin in mid-2016 in Canada and the search is on for a writer director.

The pic is set a long, long, long time agosomewhere deep in the Amazon Jungle and centers on Yano, son of the village chief, who is desperate to prove to his father that he can be a warrior. While he is often the laughing stock of the village, he and his spirit animal (the poisonous dart frog Fred) find themselves suddenly responsible for saving all the warriors of the tribe and the entire Amazon Forest when they are kidnapped by aliens.

AlbertShout! Factory has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Albert: Up, Up And Away, a CG-animated family feature based on the popular Danish children’s book of the same name by Ole Lund Kirkegaard. Karsten Kiilerich (The Ugly Duckling and Me!) is directing and M&M Productions produces. The deal was struck with Sola Media GmbH at AFM. Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout in 2016.

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