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Handmade, lion land on ‘Planet’

Stillman signs up for $50 million CGI movie

LONDON — Handmade Films Intl. has teamed up with Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios to finance and co-produce “Planet One,” a $50 million CGI movie written by “Shrek” scribe Joe Stillman.

The film will be directed by Jorge Blanco, the lead artist on vidgame series “Commandos.”

Production is set to start in May, with the theatrical release targeted for Christmas 2008 or Easter 2009.

Pic is an alien invasion story about the inhabitants of Planet One, and who have two antennae and eight fingers, live in a world strangely akin to American suburbia of the 1950s, with drive-in movies, picket fences and a persistent fear of alien invasion — which is fulfilled when a human astronaut lands in their midst.

Apart from contributing to the screenplays of all three “Shrek” movies, Stillman also worked with Mike Judge on his series “Beavis and Butthead” and “King of the Hill.”

Ilion’s Ignacio Perez Dolest will produce “Planet One,” with Handmade’s Guy Collins and Michael Ryan as co-producers, along with Albie Hecht, former head of Nickelodeon’s film and TV entertainment department, and Lola Film president Andres Vicente Gomez.

Ilion is the theatrical production offshoot of Spain’s Pyro Studios, creators of the “Commandos” vidgame series. Pyro is simultaneously developing a vidgame of “Planet One.” Another sister company, mobile content developer LaNatro Zed, will cross-promote the movie on its cell phone network.

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