Adamson, Warner to head development at Strange Weather
Newly minted Bedrock Studios has signed a multi-year agreement with Andrew Adamson and Aron Warner — part of the team behind the “Shrek” franchise — for development and co-production through the newly launched Strange Weather Films.Deal, announced Tuesday, is Bedrock’s first overall deal with a production company. Pact calls for Adamson and Warner, who exec produced “Shrek Forever After,” to develop projects for Adamson to direct and/or produce with Warner and Bedrock serving as co-producers. Strange Weather will be based out of Bedrock’s Santa Monica studio offices and is aimed at serving as a launch pad for emerging directors to be mentored by Adamson and Warner. Jeffrey Fierson will serve as the head of development. Under the deal, Bedrock will provide overhead and development funds, which will allow Adamson and Warner to acquire projects at their discretion. Bedrock will develop character design, environments, and early visualizations, research and development on all Strange Weather’s projects. Warner produced the first three “Shrek” films. Adamson wrote and directed the first two “Shrek” films and exec produced the third and fourth along with producing, directing and writing the first two “Chronicles of Narnia” pics. Bedrock Studios was launched earlier this year by longtime Industrial Light & Magic exec Ed Jones and veteran exec Cary Granat, who combined their respective Reel FX and Granat Entertainment banners. Granat said he approached Adamson and Warner a month ago about partnering. He added that the Strange Weather deal would cover a wide array of possible projects ranging from family, to PG-13 and effects-driven pics. Bedrock, aiming at generating family films with budgets of less than $35 million, announced in March its first project — animated buddy pic “Turkeys,” with Ash Brannon (“Toy Story 2″) directing and Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson voicing.