×

Sony Animation buys ‘Enchanted’ helmer’s pitch

Lima, Sussman sell hybrid live-action, CGI feature

Sony Pictures Animation has enlisted “Enchanted” director Kevin Lima and scribe David Sussman to develop an untitled pitch for the studio.

Described as a hybrid live-action and CGI feature in the vein of “Alice in Wonderland,” the project was originated by art director Michael Kurinsky and Chris Chase, who is also producing.

Sussman will script while Lima will helm and produce. Plot details are under wraps, and the greenlight is awaiting Sussman’s script.

Since directing Disney’s “Enchanted,” which grossed more than $300 million worldwide, Lima has been linked to several projects including “The Incredible Mr. Limpet,” a remake of a 1964 Don Knotts comedy, and “Candy Land” for Universal.

Sussman has also stayed busy working on the comedy “Marathon” for Sony, produced by Mosaic and George Gatins. Lima and Sussman are also working on a script for an animated 20th Century Fox TV pilot about a New York City family.

SPA’s most recent release “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” became a surprise hit for the animation studio in 2009, grossing more than $200 million worldwide. The studios’ 2006 “Open Season” earned $164 million in global B.O. receipts, followed a year later by “Surf’s Up” with nearly $150 million worldwide.

Lima is repped by WME. Sussman is repped by Mosaic and attorney Jeffrey Frankel.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Matthew Modine

    Matthew Modine Accused of Violating Labor Laws With Campaign Videos

    Matthew Modine has been accused by SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris of violating federal laws in his campaign to unseat Carteris. The production of three campaign videos for Modine by the for-profit New York Film Academy — on whose board Modine sits — has been blasted by Carteris for alleged violations of federal labor law prohibiting [...]

  • Ready or Not Movie

    'Ready or Not,' 'Angel Has Fallen' Enter Box Office Race

    Three more contenders are joining what has lately been a hostile box office arena. Can anyone emerge from August victorious? Fox Searchlight’s “Ready or Not,” a black comedy about a diabolical game of hide-and-seek, will debut in 2,244 North American theaters on Wednesday. The low-budget film is expected to earn upwards of $6.5 million over [...]

  • Rules Don't Apply

    Warren Beatty and Arnon Milchan Settle Suit Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    Arnon Milchan and Warren Beatty have settled their two-year legal battle over the disastrous release of “Rules Don’t Apply,” Beatty’s period drama about Howard Hughes. Milchan’s attorneys have filed a notice with the court dismissing his suit against Beatty. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Milchan’s company, New Regency, sued Beatty and other investors [...]

  • Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attends a

    Bolsonaro LGBTQI Outburst, Subsidy Freeze, Stirs Outrage

    Ramping up the drive into censorship in Brazil, its Minister of Citizenship, Omar Terra, has suspended a call for applications for governmental TV funding – until new criteria are established for its application. The country’s secretary for culture, Henrique Pires, who reports to Terra, has resigned in protest of the incentive freeze. The suspension, for [...]

  • Adam Brody'Ready or Not' film premiere,

    Adam Brody to Executive Produce, Star in 'The Kid Detective'

    “Ready or Not’s” Adam Brody has signed on to star in “The Kid Detective.” Sophie Nelisse will co-star in the dramedy from writer-director Evan Morgan. Brody will star as a once-celebrated kid detective, now 31, who continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity until a 16-year-old client (Nelisse) brings [...]

  • Alita: Battle Angel VFX

    How Previsualization Helps Create Pitches for Projects Like 'Alita: Battle Angel'

    Filmmakers are increasingly using previsualization, a now-standard technique for planning highly technical shots and sequences, as a tool for pitching a project to production companies, investors and studio executives — before a single full scene has actually been shot. More creatives are relying on the technique, dubbed “pitchvis,” to fashion a compelling and engaging presentation [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content