Here’s a second trailer for Blue Sky Studios‘ Epic, the animated 3D film 20th Century Fox will release May 24, 2013. Ice Age‘s Chris Wedge directed the Tom J. Astle & Matt Ember script about a girl who finds herself magically transported into a secret universe deep in the forest where there is a battle between the forces of good and evil. The voice cast includes Amanda Seyfried, Beyonce, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Jason Sudeikis and Steven Tyler.
BREAKING: 20th Century Fox Animation and Ice Age makers Blue Sky Studios will turn Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Woodstock and the whole Peanuts gang into an animated feature film franchise. Fox has closed a deal for rights to turn the strip by the late Charles Schulz into a film that has already been set for release on November 25, 2015. That date commemorates the 65th anniversary of the comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Fox Animation has set director Steve Martino, who co-directed the Fox/Blue Sky hit Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who! and Fox Animation’s latest blockbuster, Ice Age: Continental Drift. The screenplay is by Craig Schulz and the writing team of Bryan Schulz & Cornelius Uliano. Craig Schulz and Bryan Schulz, who are Schulz’s son and grandson, will produce with Uliano.
Deal came after two years of rights negotiations with the Schulz family, culminating in a agreement announced by Fox Animation president Vanessa Morrison. So much of the family film game is built around branded properties, and few family brands are as well known globally as Peanuts.
‘Ice Age 4′ Lukewarm Domestic $46M Weekend; Hot $339M Global By Monday; ‘Spider-Man’ Holds -44%, Now $521M Global
July 13-15 Weekend Actuals
1. Ice Age 4 3D (Blue Sky/Fox) NEW [3,881 Theaters] PG
Friday $16.7M, Saturday $17.0M, Sunday $12.9M, Weekend $46.6M
International Cume $339M (65 territories), Global Cume $385.6M
2. Amazing Spider-Man 3D (Col/Sony) Week 2 [4,318 Theaters] PG13
Friday $10.2M, Saturday $13.9M, Sunday $10.5M, Weekend $34.6M (-44%), Cume $200.5M International Cume $320.4M (88 territories), Global Cume
Here’s a follow-up to another short featuring Scrat the saber-toothed squirrel that Fox posted at the beginning of the year. Fox and Blue Sky Studios certainly aren’t the first to get impressive mileage out of a funny-looking rodent. This one’s called Scrat’s Continental Crack-Up Part 2. The movie it’s promoting, …