Californian sales house Cinema Management Group and eOne distribbery Les Films Seville are boarding animated feature project “Mission Yeti,” set up at top Canadian toon house 10th Ave Productions.
Produced and co-directed by 10th Ave prexy Nancy Florence Savard, the family-oriented adventure movie “Mission Yeti” narrates how the destinies of Nelly Maloye, a novice private eye, and Simon Picard, a research assistant in a university anthropology department, unexpectedly meet.
In the film, the impulsive and headstrong Nelly will join the methodical and pragmatic Simon in a questioned quest in the heart of the Himalayas to prove the existence of the elusive Yeti.
Edward Noelther’s CMG, a leading sales company for higher-end CGI movies from around the world, is representing “Yeti’s” worldwide rights; Les Films Seville will distribute in Canada.
“We plan to work two years on this animated adventure, which is 100% Canadian film, and hope to hit the big screen somewhere at the end of 2017, beginning 2018,” Savard told Variety Wednesday at the San Sebastian Festival Co-production Forum, which she’s attending as part of a Canadian film delegation that aims to build bridges with the Spanish-speaking film markets.
Nancy Florence Savard, alongside film’s co-helmer Pierre Greco and art director Philippe Arseneau Bussieres, have just started to work with the studio’s CGI team to translate 2D drawings to 3D and, from next week, they will record the French version of the movie with different actors in Montreal, Savard added.
Based out of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, just outside Quebec City, 10th Ave has recently produced animated features such as “Rooster Doodle Doo,” handled worldwide by Universal Studios and Attraction Distribution, and “The Legend of Sarila,” again represented by CMG.