20th Century Fox has dated the 3D Walking With Dinosaurs to open Dec. 20, 2013. The film, directed by Neil Nightingale and Pierre De Lespinios and scripted by John Collee, is based on the live touring show and the TV show, and the goal is to create an immersive experience with 3D to re-create an epic prehistoric world where an “underdog dinosaur triumphs to become a hero for the ages.” The film’s produced by Reliance, BBC Earth Films, Evergreen, IM Global and Jinko Gotoh.
Verve has signed John Collee, the Australian writer whose credits include Master & Commander, Happy Feet, Creation and Legend of the Guardians. Collee had been at CAA. He is currently scripting Walk with the Dinosaurs, the animated that that IM Global recently sold to Fox for $65 million at AFM. Collee is also repped by Kaplan Perrone and The Agency Group.
Verve also signed Karl Gadjusek, who has written on The Mechanic and the upcoming Unknown and Trespass. He most recently rewrote The Best and the Brightest (Unman) for Paramount and Montecito, a remake of the 1971 John Mackenzie film. Gadjusek continues to be managed by Benderspink.
EXCLUSIVE: Capping off a weekend where it surprisingly emerged as one of the hottest title at AFM with huge foreign territory asks, Walking with Dinosaurs is at the center of a big deal with 20th Century Fox. I’m hearing Fox is acquiring U.S. distribution rights and several international territories. The film is directed by Neil Nightengale and Pierre De Lespinois and the script is being written by John Collee, whose credits include the Peter Weir-directed Fox pic Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World as well Happy Feet and Creation. The $65 million budget CG/live-action family film is a co-production between BBC Earth and Reliance Big Pictures, and based on BBC Worldwide’s franchise. BBC Earth and Evergreen Films produced and Reliance Big Pictures financed it. The film will use live-action footage of scenery and CGI creatures. In addition to U.S. distribution rights, Fox picked up rights in a number of key international markets, including the UK, France, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Italy and Latin America.