Videogame franchise headed to bigscreen

Spyro the Dragon could soon breathe some fire on the bigscreen: The Animation Picture Co. has optioned the rights to turn the purple star of Sierra Entertainment and Vivendi Game’s vidgame franchise into a toon.

APC’s Dan Chuba, John Davis, Mark Dippe, Brian Manis and Ash Shah will produce the CG-animated toon as a 3-D feature.

Steve and Dan Altiere, who penned the fourth installment of Fox’s “Dr. Dolittle 4,” will write the script, to be based around the recently released “Legend of Spyro” trilogy of games, which is considered a relaunch of the entire series.

No director has yet been hired.

Since Spyro’s introduction in 1998, game franchise has earned $525 million and shipped over 20 million units worldwide for Sierra, a division of Vivendi Games.

“Spyro the Dragon” will likely become the third toon for APC, since it was formed last year.

Company recently completed “Garfield Gets Real,” a co-production with Garfield creator Jim Davis, and has moved on to “Garfield’s Fun Fest.” Davis produced “Garfield: The Movie” and “Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties” for Fox through his Davis Entertainment.

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