Acclaimed Filmmaker Chris Sanders Joins DreamWorks Animation for a 'Crood Awakening'



    
    Veteran Animation Writer/Director Sanders to Helm Stone Age Comedy
    

    GLENDALE, Calif., March 28 /CNW/ -- DreamWorks Animation (NYSE:   DWA)
today announced that talented filmmaker Chris Sanders is set to helm the
upcoming project "Crood Awakening," a comedy set in the Stone Age. Sanders
will be joining the DreamWorks Animation family for the first time as the
film's director, having amassed an impressive list of animation film credits
on some of the genre's most successful and groundbreaking films, including the
worldwide hits "Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King," "Mulan" and "Lilo &
Stitch."  The screenplay was written by British comedy icon John Cleese
(Academy Award(R)-nominated for the screenplay of "A Fish Called Wanda") and
Kirk De Micco ("Racing Stripes").
    "Crood Awakening" is described as a comedy set in the Stone Age, but
further details of the plot are being kept under wraps.  A release date for
film has not yet been set.
    Regarding the announcement, Chris Sanders states, "I look forward to
working with Jeffrey and the other filmmakers at DreamWorks Animation.  They
have dedicated themselves to a complex and classic craft, but have also proven
that they are driven to take it to new places.  It is their willingness to
break boundaries that makes them unique.  I've seen firsthand where they are
headed, and I'm excited to be part of it."
    DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg commented, "Chris is one of
the most inventive and imaginative filmmakers I've ever worked with.  His
unique storytelling style and sensibility are perfectly suited for 'Crood
Awakening.'  It is such a pleasure to collaborate with him once again on
another exciting project.  We are so happy to have him on board at
DreamWorks."
    Sanders joins the studio with a long list of family film and television
credits, most recently as a writer/director of the immensely successful film
"Lilo & Stitch."  He served as a story writer on the multiple Oscar(R) winners
"Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King," and as a writer on the
award-winning "Mulan."  He is represented by William Morris and Peter Nichols
of LGNA.

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family entertainment through the use of computer-generated (CG) animation.
Utilizing world-class creative talent and state-of-the-art technological
capabilities, the company is committed to making two computer-animated feature
films a year that appeal to a broad movie-going audience.

    
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