Newcomer Gil Kenan is about to move into a scary mansion as his first studio directing gig, selling his pitch “Monster House” to DreamWorks for Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers to produce.
Project centers on the adventures of three kids who discover that a neighbor’s house is a living, breathing monster. They try to stop the house’s evil plans despite the fact that adults don’t believe their claims.
There is no writer yet on the project.
Kenan, who graduated from UCLA’s film program last year, has been receiving a lot of attention recently for his student film “The Lark,” a 10-minute short that combines live-action footage shot on digital video with stop-motion animation.
Short attracted the major agencies — he is now repped by CAA — and also helped land “Monster House” at DreamWorks and ImageMovers.
ImageMovers is busy finishing up the Robert Zemeckis-helmed “Polar Express,” an all-CGI pic at Warner Bros. featuring Tom Hanks in multiple roles.
Sony Pictures Imageworks developed an extensive motion capture system for the pic in order to believably record the movements of the pic’s actors. That same technology may also be used on “Monster House,” given the pic’s major f/x requirements.
DreamWorks exec Adam Goodman is overseeing “Monster House” for the studio, with Bennett Schneir helping to develop the project. ImageMovers principals Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey will produce.