You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

MGM gets re-animated with ‘Punk Farm’

Studio's first toon since 1989 is also its second full project since bankruptcy

MGM is jumping into the animation game with the children’s book adaptation “Punk Farm,” the studio’s first toon since “All Dogs Go to Heaven” in 1989 and only its second inhouse project since emerging from bankruptcy.

David Silverman (“The Simpsons Movie”) is set to direct; David Stern will rewrite the script by Jim Hecht based on the Jarrett Krosoczka book.

Story revolves around five barnyard animals who form an underground rock band. Kevin Messick and Arish Fyzee are producing, with Anita Camarata and Kristin Dornig are exec producing for Prana Animation Studios, which brought the project to MGM and will handle the CG animation.

MGM has co-financed several pics this year, including “Girl With a Dragon Tattoo” at Sony and Paramount’s “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.” But “Farm” would be one of its first major projects since emerging from prepackaged bankruptcy in December; the others are action-comedy “The Machine,” which Vin Diesel was tapped to produce and star in, and the next installment in the James Bond series.

Though MGM isn’t known for animated fare — yet — it joins virtually every other major and mini-major in the family toon game with “Farm.” In Silverman, the studio brought on a helmer with experience in the genre: He’s an Emmy winner perhaps best known for his work on “The Simpsons” and was a co-director on “Monsters, Inc.”

Stern’s upcoming projects include “The Hotel Transylvania” for Sony and Walden/Reel FX’s “Turkeys.” which features the voices of Steve Martin, Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson. Other credits include “Open Season 2” and “Open Season 3.” Hecht is best known for his work on “Ice Age: The Meltdown.”

Both Silverman and Stern are repped by Verve. Hecht is repped by UTA.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Reese Witherspoon Kerry Washington Ryan Reynolds

    Market for Package Deals and Original Ideas Heats Up Ahead of Platform Launches

    Practically every studio in town wanted it, but in the end it was Apple that swept in to nab the reinterpretation of “A Christmas Carol” with Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds. To buy the highly coveted package, the tech giant was willing to shell out more than $60 million to the stars and the film’s [...]

  • Ruben Fleischer

    Ruben Fleischer Returns to His Roots for 'Zombieland: Double Tap'

    Recapturing the personality of a successful film for its follow-up can be a challenging task for a filmmaker, given the story told, characters involved and especially the time passed between installments. But even after 10 years, “Zombieland: Double Tap” director Ruben Fleischer knew exactly what to focus on to ensure that his sequel lived up [...]

  • Maleficent

    How 'Maleficent' Sequel's Characters Drove Costumes and Special Effects Makeup

    The art of making sequels demands a fine balance between revisiting an existing world and giving the audience something new to chew on. For Disney’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” costume designer Ellen Mirojnick and special effects makeup designer David White started with the familiar and built things out from there. “This movie is a fantastic [...]

  • Michael Caine poses for a portrait

    Michael Caine, Lena Headey to Star in Modern-Day Version of 'Oliver Twist'

    Michael Caine, Lena Headey and pop star Rita Ora are to star in “Twist,” a modern-day, gender-bending film interpretation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel “Oliver Twist” for Sky, which will release the film day and date in theaters and on its pay-TV platform. The title role of Oliver is played by Jude Law’s son Raff [...]

  • Lucia Milazzotto

    Rome MIA Director Lucia Milazzotto Talks Linear TV and Theatrical Comeback

    MIA market director Lucia Milazzotto is the main architect of Rome’s new format post-Mipcom, pre-AFM confab launched five years ago to serve as a driver for the Italian industry in the global arena. The MIA acronym stands for (Mercato Internazionale Audiovisivo, or International Audiovisual Market). Milazzotto spoke to Variety about how this unique event featuring [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content