Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, “Napoleon Dynamite” director Jared Hess and Eric Robinson are producing.
Hess, Ricky Blitt, Hubbel Palmer and Chris Bowman are writing “Superbago,” centering on a pair of superhero wannabes. Towner told Variety that “Superbago” has offbeat origins.
“This project started with a couple of buddies buying a ’73 Winnebago off Craigslist and making a short film near and dear to our hearts,” he said. “We found a super supportive home in Sony Pictures Animation and couldn’t be more thrilled with the talented team surrounding the project.”
“‘Superbago’ is a unique new project for Sony Pictures Animation,” Michelle Raimo Kouyate, president of production, told Variety. “I love that our studio has the luxury of not being tied down to one specific type of movie.”
Sony Animation’s most recent titles were “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2″ and “The Smurfs 2,” both released last year.
“‘Superbago’ will skew older than our last features but I immediately fell in love with the smart comedy idea behind it, which features two irreverent stop-motion characters dropped in a live-action world,” Raimo Kouyate said. “The incredibly talented creative team of directors John Harvatine and Eric Towner, along with the unique perspective of producer Jared Hess, will make this project like nothing you’ve seen before.”
Palmer and Bowman are teamed with Hess on Relativity’s untitled armored car project, formerly titled “Loomis Fargo,” with Owen Wilson and Kristen Wiig starring.