Paramount, Disney-Marvel, DreamWorks Animation Tap French Tax Rebates (EXCLUSIVE)

Titles among 19 projects confirmed by French film commission Film France

PARIS — Paramount and MGM’s “Sherlock Gnomes,” DreamWorks’ “Captain Underpants” and Disney TV series “Elena de Avalor” have applied and qualified for French tax breaks on animation work to be carried out in France, an increasingly popular production hub for animated projects.

The French national film commission Tuesday confirmed those three titles as having been approved for government rebates on any work performed in France. Also on the list of international productions are two Marvel Animation TV shorts series: “Antman,” from French directorial duo Ugo Bienvenu and Kevin Manach, and “Rocket and Groot,” directed by France’s Arnaud Delord.

Headquartered in Paris, animation/VFX studio Mikros Image will supply animation for both “Sherlock Gnomes,” the Paramount Animation and MGM production starring Johnny Depp, and for “Captain Underpants” from DreamWorks Animation. Mikros Image, which won an Academy Award for animated short in 2010 for “Logorama.” Paris-based studio TeamTO, whose operations are rapidly expanding, is serving as French animation partner on Disney’s “Elena de Avalor.”

Non-animated projects approved for French tax breaks include James Foley’s “Fifty Shades Freed,” the final movie in Universal’s “Fifty Shades” trilogy, and an untitled movie from Christopher Nolan (pictured) — almost certainly Warner Bros.’ “Dunkirk,” which began shooting in France last month. Also on the list is the first virtual-reality production to be green-lit for a French tax rebate, “The Invisible Hours,” helmed by Spain’s Raul Rubio. Virtual-reality work on that movie will be supplied by France’s SolidAnim, whose marker-less camera tracking system will be employed on James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequels.

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