Simon Cowell is moving into family movies through his Syco Entertainment banner with Australia-based Animal Logic in a multi-project partnership.
The alliance is already developing several music-based animated and hybrid animation-live action films. Their first hybrid animated music-based film is set for release in 2016.
Animal Logic handled the animation and visual effects for “The Lego Movie” and the “Happy Feet” films.
Syco produced the 3D concert movie “One Direction: This Is Us,” released last year through Sony with worldwide grosses topping $68 million.
The partnership will be headed by Animal Logic’s Zareh Nalbandian and Jason Lust and by Syco Entertainment’s Adam Milano.
“It is a dream come true to have this opportunity of working with Animal Logic,” Cowell said in a statement. “I think their work is pure genius and I really feel excited about the films we are going to be making together.”