‘Chickenhare’ gets animated

Sony to adapt Dark Horse graphic novel

Sony Pictures Animation has picked up the film rights to Chris Grine’s “Chickenhare” to adapt into an animated feature with Dark Horse Entertainment.

In 2006, Dark Horse started publishing the graphic novel that revolves around a half-chicken, half-rabbit that goes on adventures with his shelled sidekick, Abe, facing monstrous creatures and demonic critters.

Sony Pictures Animation is always looking for original characters, and Chickenhare is a true original,” said SPA prexy Michelle Raimo-Kouyate. “This story has everything we want in an animated film — broad comedy, heartfelt emotion, universal themes and a one-of-a-kind hero that audiences will love.”

The studio has yet to hire a writer or director to tackle the project.

Dark Horse president Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg will exec produce on behalf of the publisher. Michael Lachance will oversee the project for SPA with Raimo-Kouyate.

Project becomes the second toon Dark Horse has recently set up after pairing with Reelfx Entertainment and Strange Weather Films’ Andrew Adamson and Aron Warner to adapt Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson’s “Beasts of Burden.”

Chris Grine’s Chickenhare is one of the quirkiest characters we’ve ever published,” Richardson said. “We’re excited that the good people at Sony Pictures Animation responded so enthusiastically. In Chickenhare we found a character so colorful and three-dimensional that he could only exist in an animated world.”

Grine also created “165 Bots with Stuff,” which was featured on the Shoebox blog.

SPA’s upcoming projects include “The Smurfs,” “Hotel Transylvania,” Aardman Animation’s “Arthur Christmas” and stop-motion pic “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.”

Dark Horse is repped by WME and Gotham Group.

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