DreamWorks announced the project, with Wright teaming with comedian and author David Walliams on the screenplay for the yet-to-be-titled project.
The effort comes under the guidance of the co-presidents of feature animation for the studio, Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria, who have been charting a new course since Bill Damaschke left as DreamWorks chief creative officer at the start of the year.
Wright has gained a following as the director of a string of off-beat films including “Shaun of the Dead,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” and “Hot Fuzz.” He also co-wrote the Golden Globe winning, “The Adventures of Tintin.”
Walliams is known as an actor, comedian and TV personality and partnered with Matt Lucas on the BBC One sketch show, “Little Britain.” He is also a best-selling children’s author, having sold more than 10 million copies of his books.
“Edgar will spearhead a new approach to this fascinating concept and we’re ecstatic to have him on board as director along with David as co-writer,” said a joint statement from Arnold and Soria. “We’ve always been intrigued by a film concept involving shadows, and now with Edgar’s signature comedic style and abilities as a natural storyteller, audiences will be treated to a truly captivating and energetic tale.”
Wright noted in his own statement that as a teenager he had tried his hand at animation. “So it was hugely intriguing to get a call from DreamWorks Animation about potentially directing,” said Wright. “When the shadows concept was suggested to me, I could see the poster, the title sequence and pretty much the whole movie. It’s a blast writing this and to have one of my oldest friends in comedy, David Walliams, along for the adventure is a thrill.”
DreamWorks Animation’s Head of Development Gregg Taylor and development executive Damon Ross are overseeing the project for the studio.