“The Tower Ravens” are descending on Warner Bros., where Steve Carell’s Carousel Prods. will take it on as its first animated project.
Carell is producing with Carousel’s Charlie Hartsock and Vance DeGeneres exec producing. Story’s penned by Jim Cooper, who sold the pitch to the studio and has written the first draft.
“The Tower Ravens” is set at the Tower of London, where seven ravens have been in residence for the past five centuries. The ravens attempt to solve a theft of the Crown Jewels.
Courtenay Valenti is overseeing for Warner Bros.
The ravens are believed to protect the British Crown and the Tower and have had lifespans of over 40 years. They are under the care of the Yeomen Warders, also known as the Beefeaters.
Warner-based Carousel produced a pair of Carell comedies — “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Burt Wonderstone.” Carell voiced the lead character in Universal’s animated “Despicable Me” and the Mayor of Whoville in Fox’s “Horton Hears a Who.”
Cooper worked on the “How to Train Your Dragon” TV series and a Lee Unkrich feature at Pixar. He’s repped by Rothman Brecher.