×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Tayrona, Arc team on animated features

Toronto-based companies to co-produce four pics

Two Toronto based companies, Tayrona Films and Arc Productions, are partnering for a co-production alliance to produce four animated feature films.

Announcement was made Friday came by Tayrona president James Ordonez and Arc prexy Jeff Young at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group brokered the deal.

Tayrona and Arc will each contribute two films to the slate deal.

The first film will be Arc’s “The Legends of the Underzoo” based on a screenplay by Kevin Almeida and Jeff Treppel. The action adventure story follows a group of animal cubs who — when their zoo is threatened — set out to find buried treasure in the mysterious Underzoo.

Tayrona is developing “Darwin: A Galapagos Love Story” and “Aurora the Spirit Bear of the North,” both written by Erik Daniel Shein, as part of the co-production deal.

The fourth co-production film is yet to be determined. Arc has served as the animation studio on five animated feature films including “Gnomeo and Juliet” and “9.”

Tayrona typically does films in the $20 millions to $60 million range. The four films announced in the co-production deal are tentatively budgeted at $30 million to $40 million range.

Tayrona will release the pics on 1,500 screens in Latin America.

Popular on Variety

More Scene

  • DOLEMITE IS MY NAME!, 2019, DOL_Unit_06284.RAF

    'Dolemite Is My Name' Writer Larry Karaszewski Recalls 10-Year Journey to Make Rudy Ray Moore Biopic

    “Harriet” writer-director Kasi Lemmons was in a reflective mood at Tuesday night’s “Behind the Screen” event at the Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood, sponsored by the Writers Guild of America West. The biopic, starring Cynthia Erivo as slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman, has been receiving buzz since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s Lemmons’ [...]

  • Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis

    Holocaust Experts Debate 'Jojo Rabbit' at Museum of Tolerance Screening

    With its comedic, cartoonish portrayal of Nazis, Taika Waititi’s satirical Hitler youth tale “Jojo Rabbit” has polarized critics and audiences alike. And that division continued to be stirred at Tuesday night’s screening of the film at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, where Liebe Geft, director of the museum, moderated a heated panel discussion [...]

  • Laura Dern MoMA

    Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver Honor Laura Dern at MoMA Film Benefit

    Laura Dern is certainly no stranger to film sets. “Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd birthed me and bred me on cinema,” she said on Tuesday night in New York City, as she accepted honors at the Museum of Modern Art’s annual Film Benefit, presented by Chanel. “I was conceived on a Roger Corman movie called [...]

  • Jon Huerta

    'This Is Us' Star Jon Huertas Builds Community With Venice's Clutch Restaurant

    “This Is Us” star Jon Huertas, who’s being honored at the Napa Valley Film Festival with Variety Vivant’s Spice Award Nov. 13, has always known he wanted a career in Hollywood. But he’s something of an accidental restaurateur. No, he didn’t exactly stumble into co-owning Clutch, one of the hottest upscale casual restaurants in Venice, [...]

  • John Legend LVE Wine

    Celebrities Take Hands-On Approach to Making Fine Wines

    Care to sip champagne backed by Jay Z or 50 Cent? Or mellow out with a fine Chianti from Sting and Trudie Styler? Behind every wine label is an incredibly expensive team effort of surprising proportions. Wine lovers may consider making their own as the ultimate dream; however, few can afford the buy-in. Vineyards are [...]

  • St. Clair Brown, Mad Fritz lead

    Craft Beer Thrives in the Heart of Napa Wine Country

    Napa Valley has long been devoted to the products of the grape, but the region actually played a pivotal role in getting the craft beer revolution off the ground. New Albion Brewing launched the microbrewery trend in adjacent Sonoma County in 1976, inspiring a wave of delicious and potent alternatives to pale industrial beer. There’s [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content