Japan's Toei to co-produce 'Miraculous'
Jeremy Zag’s Paris-based tyke outfit Zagtoon is set to produce “Knight Five,” a series mixing live-action and CGI animation.Set in London, the €8 million ($10.1 million) English-language skein turns on five high school friends who make a discovery on Halloween night that gives them the power to turn into a vampire, ghost, werewolf, creature and witch, and protect the British capital from evil forces. “It’s similar to ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ but with a kids’ twist,” Zag told Variety at Gaul’s Annecy Animation Film Festival. Zag said he was in advanced talks with multiple broadcasters. The series will lense in Paris and Belgium and be co-produced by Sylvain Goldberg’s Nexus Factory. Zag heads Zagtoon with Jacqueline Tordjman, who spent the bulk of her career working with Haim Saban and brought such hit toon skeins as “Goldorak” and “Gadget and the Gadgetini” to Gallic TV. In other news,Zagtoon has enrolled Japan’s Toei Animation to co-produce “Miraculous” (working title), a Paris-set comedy-action series following the adventures of a justice-seeking teenage girl with super powers and a mysterious black cat. The $11.2 million show (previously titled “Lady Bug”), now in production, has a colorful manga style reminiscent of Toei’s cult toon skein, “Dragon Ball Z,” among others. “Miraculous” is co-produced by Aton Soumache’s Method Animation (“The Little Prince”). Gallic commercial channel TF1 has pre-bought the series, which comprises 26 half-hours. Zag said, “Paris will finally have its superheroes.”