Warner Bros. Pictures has formed a creative consortium think tank that will help it develop animated movies, starting with the 3D LEGO film due in 2014.
A select team of accomplished filmmakers will collaborate with the studio to guide a 'diverse and far-reaching animation slate' to fruition.
The goal is to release one feature per year under the Warner Bros. Pictures banner.
Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said: "Warner Bros. has an extraordinary legacy in the world of animation, including some of the most enduring characters in cinema history.
"Looking to the future, we have now gathered some of the best and brightest talents in the industry to help us grow and broaden that legacy. Drawing upon their imaginations and inspiration, the Studio will produce a slate of new and original animated films that are sure to delight audiences of all ages.”
The artists who will be involved in Warner Bros.’ new feature animation venture are John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Cats & Dogs), Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) and Jared Stern (Mr. Popper’s Penguins).
They will not be exclusive to the Studio’s animated film productions; they will also continue to write and direct live-action movies.
The LEGO Movie, due February 7th, 2014, is being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller from their own screenplay. It's produced by Dan Lin and Roy Lee, and stars the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, and Morgan Freeman.
Among the other projects being developed are Storks and Smallfoot, which are being targeted for release in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
The development of animated features will be overseen at Warner Bros. by Courtenay Valenti, Chris deFaria and Greg Silverman.
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