CGI feature to be based on 'Rockfish' short
HOLLYWOOD — Vin Diesel is going to get animated.Diesel’s One Race Films production shingle is partnering with Blur Studio to make a CGI feature based on the indie toon house’s short “Rockfish.” Thesp will voice a lead character in the sci-fi actioner, which will likely be aimed at a more mature audience than most studio-produced digitally animated pics. One Race is now seeking independent financing for the production, which it hopes to bring in for under $30 million. Diesel will produce with One Race partner George Zakk and Blur creative director Tim Miller, who wrote and directed the short and will helm the feature. “Rockfish” short is about a man on an alien planet trying to catch a giant “rock fish” that lives underground and disrupts the planet’s miners. CGI production will be created entirely at Venice-based Blur, which was nominated for an Oscar for its short “Gopher Broke” and has worked on Disney direct-to-video pics and videogame animation. “Rockfish” first came to Diesel’s attention due to work Blur did with thesp’s Tigon Studio vidgame production company, which may produce a game connected to the feature. ” ‘Rockfish’ came our way through Tigon, and as soon as Vin and I saw it, we knew this is a movie,” said Zakk. “We want to go the indie route on this, although we’ll definitely entertain offers if a studio wants to step in.” One Race and Blur are currently finishing a treatment on the project, after which they will hire a scribe and move into production. Diesel provided the voice of the giant in WB’s critically acclaimed “The Iron Giant.”
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