×

Lightstream in for ‘Fountain’

'Shrek' director Adamson heads to 'City'

As the final chapter in the “Shrek” series is prepped for its bow in theaters, franchise director-writer-producer Andrew Adamson is embarking on his next adventure: big-budget fantasy “Fountain City.”

L.A.-based Lightstream Pictures has preemptively picked up the live-action pic, which it will co-finance. Budget is projected at more than $100 million; storyline is being kept under wraps.

Adamson and scribe Joby Harold sold the fantasy-adventure to Lightstream based on Harold’s original idea. Harold is penning the script, which Adamson will direct.

Producers of “Fountain City” are Adamson, Aron Warner and Lightstream. Tory Tunnell is also a producer; Jeff Fierson will co-produce. Harold will exec produce.

Garrett Kelleher, an Irish entrepreneur, founded Lightstream Pictures in 2007 with Lawrence Inglee and Paul Currie. Inglee is a producer who worked for years at the Mark Gordon Co. He began his career at Imagine Entertainment.

Popular on Variety

Currie is an Australian filmmaker who will direct 3-D animated feature “The Fourth Wise Man” for the company.

Lightstream was launched with the goal of producing and financing tentpole and prestige feature films. It includes an animation/visual effects studio, Lightstream Animation, based in Petaluma, Calif.

Adamson directed the first “Shrek” film and wrote and helmed “Shrek 2.” He left the franchise to helm Disney’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” but exec produced both “Shrek the Third” and the upcoming “Shrek Forever After.”

Adamson also directed the second “Narnia” pic before Walden Media took the franchise from the Mouse House to 20th Century Fox.

Harold’s credits include adapting Frank Miller’s D.C. Comics series “Ronin” for Warner Bros. He also wrote and directed “Awake” for MGM.

Adamson is repped by UTA, which also is helping to line up additional financing; Harold is repped by CAA.

More Scene

  • Jeremy Renner

    John Ottman Hosts Jeremy Renner, Michael Keaton, More at 'Aiding Australia' Benefit

    Film editor and composer John Ottman, who won an Oscar for “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 2019, hosted members of the film, television and music communities at the “Aiding Australia” charity dinner and concert held at his West Hollywood home on Sunday evening (Feb. 23). The benefit raised funds to help in the recovery of fire-ravaged Australia, [...]

  • Bavaria Fiction Berlinale 2020

    Bavaria Fiction Toasts 'Das Boot,' 'Freud,' 'Arctic Circle' at Berlinale Soirée

    Pictured above: The ‘Das Boot’ crew – Colin Teevan (head writer of season 2), Tom Wlaschiha (actor), Clemens Schick (actor), Oliver Vogel (Bavaria Fiction chief creative officer and EP on ‘Das Boot’), Vicky Krieps (actor), Rick Okon (actor). Bavaria Fiction celebrated its latest TV productions at a glitzy soirée at Soho House in Berlin on [...]

  • Jamie Foxx - Excellence in the

    Jamie Foxx Honored by Leonardo DiCaprio at American Black Film Festival Honors

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Morgan Freeman made surprise appearances at the American Black Film Festival Honors ceremony on Sunday night. The “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” actor presented Jamie Foxx with the excellence in the arts award while Freeman announced the movie of the year, which went to “Just Mercy.” Hosted by comedian Deon Cole, [...]

  • Eddie Murphy Bria Murphy Artus Gallery

    Eddie Murphy Supports Daughter Bria Murphy at Art Gallery Opening

    Eddie Murphy joined his eldest daughter Bria Murphy as she launched her Art 4 All exhibition with a special event in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday night. “I always tease him like ‘I just put my dad’s name on my invitation so people will come,’” Bria Murphy joked to Variety. “Anytime I’ve thrown an art [...]

  • Logan Lerman Jordan Peele Al Pacino

    Al Pacino and Carol Kane Had a ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ Reunion on the ‘Hunters’ Set

    Nearly 45 years after Al Pacino and Carol Kane appeared in Sidney Lumet’s classic film “Dog Day Afternoon,” an Amazon Prime Video series about Nazi-hunters in 1977 New York City has brought them back together. Go figure. “I’m proud to be working with him again,” Kane told Variety at the “Hunters” premiere on Wednesday night [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content