Geena Davis will lend her voice and serve as a model for the first animated feature from Storyopolis, the family-based entertainment company founded by Abbie Phillips and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen with principals Dawn Heinrichs and Fonda Snyder.
Under the company’s first-look deal with Warner Bros., Storyopolis is co-producing an animated version of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” with Davis and Renny Harlin’s production company, the Forge.
Davis will voice and serve as the model for the female apprentice Sylvia. The script is being adapted by Bill Marsilli (“Jingle”) from Nancy Willard’s 1993 novel.
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” will be distributed through Warner Bros.’ new feature animation division.
Storyopolis, formed in 1995, also announced three other projects being developed through its Warner Bros. deal, including “Nicholas Cricket,” an animated “Casablanca”-type tale with bugs, based on the book illustrated by William Joyce and written by Joyce Maxner; “The Iguana Brothers,” an animated road movie with “wild and crazy” iguanas; and “Red Ranger Came Calling,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed (“Bloom County”).
Storyopolis has also pacted with Howard Rosenman for a film based on Staton Rabin’s book “Betsy and the Emperor.”
Storyopolis has also inked a deal with Saban for an animated TV series.