Onyx Films, Kinology. Studio 37 developing 3D toon

French producer Aton Soumache’s Onyx Films is developing “Mune,” a $40 million 3D toon, with Paris-based Kinology and Studio 37.

The animated feature will be helmed by French director Benoit Philippon and Alexandre Heboyan, a DreamWorks alum who worked on “Kung Fu Panda.”

Nicolas Marlet, who worked as character designer on “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar” and “Over the Edge,” is also on board. Key tech also includes “Nine” art director Aurelien Predal.

Described by Soumache as an eco-adventure fantasy, the toon’s tone and characters are inspired by “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Pre-production will start in March.

Gregoire Melin’s Kinology is handling international sales. Melin told Variety that Soumache is looking to partner with a prominent French vfx studio and an internatonal co-producer.

At Berlin, Melin will also start sales on Kristin Scott Thomas starrer “Sarah’s Key,” based on Tatiana de Rosnay’s novel, and directed/co-penned by Gilles Paquet Brenner.

Scott Thomas plays Julia, an American living in Paris who starts researching events surrounding the WWII Vel d’Hiv roundup of Parisien Jews by the French police in 1942.

Produced by Hugo Prods., the film also stars Niels Arestrup (“A Prophet”). Currently in post-prod, “Sarah’s Key” will be released by UGC in the fall.

Kinology’s Berlin sales slate also includes Onyx Films’ “Prodigies” and “Upside Down,” which stars Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess.

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