“Robot Chicken” writers Matthew Senreich, Tom Sheppard and Zeb Wells will team up to write the screenplay for the hybrid live-action/stop-motion animated “Rabbids” feature film for Ubisoft Motion Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment, sources tell Variety.
The film is based on the wacky characters from the popular “Rabbids” TV series and Ubisoft video games. Similar to the Minions in the “Despicable Me” franchise, the “raving rabbids” first appeared in the “Rayman” series and became so popular, they were spun off into their own franchise.
The series focuses on large, crazy rabbits known as Rabbids, who like to cause havoc and mischief and yell “Bwaaah!” whenever they experience adrenaline rushes.
Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the award-winning animation studio founded by Senreich, Seth Green, John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner, will be a producing partner on the film, alongside Ubisoft Motion Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Senior VP, production, Jonathan Kadin will oversee for Columbia Pictures.
The “Rabbids” partnership marks the second collaboration between both Sony and Ubisoft for Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. SBS and Ubisoft recently partnered to create a first-of-its kind concept game trailer for the much-anticipated tower defense action game “Toy Soldiers: War Chest,” which debuted at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Sony Pictures Animation and SBS are developing together a new stop-motion/live-action hybrid feature project, titled “Superbago,” which will be directed by SBS principals Harvatine IV and Towner and produced by “Napoleon Dynamite” director Jared Hess along with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson.
All three writers have won Emmys for their work on “Robot Chicken” as well as several specials, such as “Robot Chicken: Star Wars” specials. Sheppard is repped by Verve and Senreich and Wells are repped by UTA.