Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment has joined forces with Singapore-based Toonz Entertainment and Gang of 7 Animation to mount “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus,” a CGI-animated feature based on the book by L. Frank Baum.
The film is expected to be ready for holiday 2010 theatrical release.
John Boorman was recently attached to direct a CG adaptation of Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
“Santa Claus” will be the first animated film for Hyde Park. Gang of 7 Animation head Tom Tataranowicz will direct with Rich Arons and Dick Sebast. Tataranowicz wrote the script with Mark Edward Edens.
Story follows Santa’s formative years, including a battle against the heart of evil that establishes the Santa mythology.