Doug Sweetland signs on to direct 'The Familiars'
Doug Sweetland has signed on to helm “The Familiars” for Sony Pictures Animation.Sam Raimi and Josh Donen will exec produce the pic, based on scribes Adam J. Epstein and Andrew Jacobson’s novel of the same name. “The Familiars,” published by HarperCollins, is a magical adventure about wizards in training and their animal companions. Sweetland joins Sony after 16 years at Pixar where he worked on animated features including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.” Sweetland was Oscar-nommed for his 2008 Pixar short “Presto” which was released in theaters with “Wall-E.” Sony Pictures Animation acquired the project in June 2009, when VP of development Alexa Amin brought the project to the studio after Russell Hollander, an exec at Raimi and Donen’s production company introduced her to the book. Release date has not yet been announced.