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Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian walks If through his development slate

  • IF.com.au
CEO Zareh Nalbandian at Animal Logic HQ in Sydney. (Photo: James Horan).

Animal Logic has two big releases coming up, with 'The Lego Batman Movie' arriving in March to Aussie cinemas, followed by 'The Lego Ninjago Movie' in September..

Al is also gearing up to shoot hybrid live-action/animation feature 'Peter Rabbit' in Sydney, the first step in its bid to become a fully-fledged studio — .a creative enterprise. rather than a .service provider,. as CEO Zareh Nalbandian puts it..

This interview has been edited and condensed.

Is Animal Logic Entertainment, your development arm, based in La?

It.s here as well. Felicity Staunton is a creative executive here, and I have three execs in La. We all travel. They travel here, we travel there. We work as one unit. We.re repped out of CAA, [and] our lawyers are there. But our creative hub is here,
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Kung Fu Panda director adapting comic book Bone

THR is reporting that Kung Fu Panda and The Little Prince director Mark Osborne is set to helm an adaptation of Jeff Smith’s Eisner Award-winning comic book series Bone for Warner Bros., and will also co-write the script with Adam Kline (Artemis Fowl).

Bone is very special and unconventional because it blends elements together that you don’t necessarily expect — soft, little comic characters and epic high-stakes fantasy adventure,” said Osborne. “To carry this into the cinematic realm presents both an opportunity to represent what readers of all ages have loved about the series, while pushing animated storytelling into exciting and different areas.”

Bone was first published between 1991 and 2004follows “three Bone cousins — Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, all small, bald and humanlike creatures with big noses — who are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert after being run out of Boneville. One by one they
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The Animated ‘Bone’ Movie Gets ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Director Mark Osborne

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If you were to corner me in a darkened alley and place a gun against my head and demand to know my favorite comic book of all time, I’d say Jeff Smith’s Bone. And you wouldn’t even have to go through with the theatrics. Ask me about favorite comic book series of all time in […]

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How to Deal With the Anxiety of a Big Screen 'Bone'

Whenever an adaptation of a beloved property is announced, no matter the level of excitement and anticipation there is — there is also an unmistakable level of fear to be found among fans. It doesn't matter who is involved, or what information has been released about the adaptation; there is this almost primal reaction that says, very simply, Don't screw this up.

That was, I confess, my first reaction upon discovering that Jeff Smith's Bone is headed to the big screen. I know that it's an irrational response, and that Mark Osborne is a great choice to handle the material...
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Kung Fu Panda Helmer To Adapt Cult Comic Bone As Warner Plots Trilogy Plans

Kung Fu Panda helmer Mark Osborne has been brought aboard to adapt cult comic Bone for the big screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter, as Warner Bros. lays the foundations for a bona fide CG trilogy.

Pitched as a “very special and unconventional tale,” Bone is the product of celebrated cartoonist Jeff Smith, and follows three gregarious cousins: Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and finally, Smiley Bone. Combining elements of comedy and full-blown fantasy, Smith’s self-published series ran from 1991-2004 and spanned 55 issues in total, lending WB plenty of source material to mine for future, cinematic content. THR notes that Mark Osborne will leverage script duties with Adam Kline (Artemis Fowl).

Nickelodeon had originally held adaptation rights, though after plans for a TV series fell through some years ago, Warner Bros. swooped in to acquire the property in 2008. It’s been a long time coming, then, but a CG animated
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‘Kung Fu Panda’s’ Mark Osborne to Direct Animated ‘Bone’ for Warner Bros.

‘Kung Fu Panda’s’ Mark Osborne to Direct Animated ‘Bone’ for Warner Bros.
Kung Fu Panda” director Mark Osborne will helm and exec produce Warner Bros.’ animated “Bone,” which the studio is planning as a trilogy.

Adam Kline will co-write the script with Osborne. Dan Lin’s Lin Pictures is producing with Animal Logic’s Zareh Nalbandian, re-teaming after producing “The Lego Movie.”

The Lego franchise has three more movies in the works, starting with “Lego Batman” in February.

The comic, written by Jeff Smith and first published in 1991, focused on three Bone cousins who are lost in a vast desert until they wind up in a forested valley with an array of strange creatures. Scholastic popularized the comics in recent years by releasing “Bone” in the graphic novel form.

Lin PicturesMark Bauch will exec produce with Osborne. His most recent directing gig was for “The Little Prince,” released this summer by Netflix.

Osborne received an Oscar nomination for his 1999 animated short,
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Feature Adaptation Of Jeff Smith's Bone In The Works From Kung Fu Panda Director Mark Osborne

According to THR, Mark Osborne (The Little Prince, Kung Fu Panda) has been tapped to direct an animated take on Jeff Smith's Bone for Warner Bros. Even if you're not familiar with the comics, chances are you've seen the likeness of one of the little white characters at some point. The multi-award winning series ran from 1991 to 2004, and has enjoyed cult status for many years since. The story focuses on the Bone cousins (Fone, Phoney and Smiley) and their adventures in the wilderness with a girl named Thorn Harvestar. “Bone is very special and unconventional because it blends elements together that you don’t necessarily expect — soft, little comic characters and epic high-stakes fantasy adventure," Osborne explains. "To carry this into the cinematic realm presents both an opportunity to represent what readers of all ages have loved about the series, while pushing animated storytelling into exciting and different areas.
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Jeff Smith's Bone to become a movie

Mike Cecchini Nov 17, 2016

The director of Kung Fu Panda and The Little Prince will try his hand at adapting Jeff Smith's Bone to the screen.

From the 'what took them so long?' department, Jeff Smith's epic fantasy comic Bone is finally getting the big screen treatment courtesy of Warner Bros. Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, The Little Prince) will direct, and he'll co-write the script with Adam Kline. There had been rumblings that this was in development before (with director Pj Hogan), but this sounds like it has a shot to actually happen now.

Jeff Smith's Bone is kind of tough to describe here, but it's probably the finest all-ages comic book story of my lifetime. Smith wrote and drew the story, which is about these bizarre, cartoony Bone cousins who leave their home of Boneville and end up on an adventure that spans, well, over a thousand pages of comics.
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Mark Osborne to Adapt Warner Bros’ ‘Bone’ Comic

  • The Wrap
The Little Prince” director Mark Osborne is set to adapt Warner Bros. animated adaptation of “Bone,” the Eisner-winning comic series from Jeff Smith, TheWrap has learned. Adam Kline has been tapped to co-write the screenplay with Osborne. Dan Lin’s Lin Pictures is producing with Animal Logic’s Zareh Nalbandian, with the intention of making a trilogy of animated feature films. Also Read: 'Little Prince' Director Mark Osborne Says Paramount Will No Longer Handle Film's Us Release The story follows the three Bone cousins — Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone — who are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert after being.
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Bone Movie Gets Kung Fu Panda Director

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After languishing in development for nearly five years, Warner Bros. is finally moving forward with their animated comic book adaptation Bone. The studio has brought on Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne to take the helm on this project, with Dan Lin set to produce through his Lin Pictures company. The studio intends to have this project kick off a trilogy of animated features.

The Holllywood Reporter reports that Mark Osborne has also been tapped to executive produce with Lin Pictures' Mark Bauch and co-write the script with Adam Kline. Warner Bros. first picked up the rights to Jeff Smith's Eisner-winning comic book series in 2008. Here's what Mark Osborne had to say about coming aboard this project in a statement.

"Bone is very special and unconventional because it blends elements together that you don't necessarily expect - soft, little comic characters and epic high stakes fantasy adventure. To
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'Kung Fu Panda' Director Mark Osborne to Helm Adaptation of Cult Comic 'Bone' (Exclusive)

'Kung Fu Panda' Director Mark Osborne to Helm Adaptation of Cult Comic 'Bone' (Exclusive)
Mark Osborne, fresh off of directing The Little Prince, has come aboard to helm Warner Bros.’s animated adaptation of Bone, the Eisner-winning comic series from Jeff Smith.

At the same time, Adam Kline has been tapped to co-write the script with Osborne. The moves re-energize the adaptation for the studio, which first picked up the rights around 2008.

Dan Lin’s Lin Pictures is producing with Animal Logic’s Zareh Nalbandian with the goal of making a trilogy of animated feature films.

The comic told of three Bone cousins – Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, all small, bald and humanlike...
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Next up from ‘Little Prince,’ ‘Kung Fu Panda’ director: A comic book adaptation

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Next up from ‘Little Prince,’ ‘Kung Fu Panda’ director: A comic book adaptation
Mark Osborne has taken on Kung fu-fighting pandas, a beloved French tale of a prince from a tiny planet, and a sponge that lives in a pineapple under the sea. Next up, the New Jersey-born animation director is looking to bring a comic book series from panel to screen, though he wouldn’t yet reveal which one. “I’m in talks about doing another adaptation,” Osborne told me yesterday while we were discussing his Little Prince film. “I will say it’s an iconic comic book series but not [about] a superhero. It’s an independent comic series.” He revealed that it would be an animated film adaptation but wouldn’t say much more about the project. Osborne has retweeted a couple tweets lately about Bone, Jeff Smith’s awards-showered series that’s getting its first new storyline in 10 years in the new Bone: Coda. Could this be what Osborne’s working on?
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Graphix to Publish Debut Children’s GNs by Contest Winners

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San Diego, CA—July 22, 2016—Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, has announced a contest to find talent to debut on its acclaimed Graphix imprint for children and teen readers. Graphix focuses on creator-driven books that bring exceptional art, rich content, and strong storytelling to realistic fiction, memoir, fantasy, and more. The Graphix imprint is committed to finding and championing new voices in the children’s graphic novel space. This contest will seek submissions from debut comic artists who are U.S. residents, 18 years or older, and who are unpublished and not currently under contract to publish a book with another publisher. Up to five winning entries will be selected to receive an offer to publish their work with Graphix and a $15,000 advance. The full contest rules and submission requirements, including information about what the Graphix editorial team looks for in manuscript proposals, can be found at
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Parkes+MacDonald Names Owen Shiflett As Head Of TV, To Adapt ‘Rasl’ Comic

Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have brought in former AMC executive Owen Shiflett as new head of television. He will shepherd TV development and production under Parkes + MacDonald’s first-look deal with Universal TV. One of the first projects Parkes, MacDonald and Shiflett are exploring is a TV drama adaptation of Rasl, the black-and-white science fiction noir comic book by award-winning Bone creator Jeff Smith. Parkes+MacDonald are closing a deal for the…
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Tweeks: ComicMix’s Challenged Comics Summer Reading Challenge

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It is officially summer for us! Yay! So, we thought this would be the perfect time to tell you about our summer reading plans. In this week’s episode, we tell you about the Cbldf and announce our Challenged Graphic Novel Reading Challenge. Our hope is that kids and parents (and everyone else) will read along with us. Because you seriously can’t question that book be suitable for library shelves if you haven’t read it, right?

This summer we will be reading 8 graphic novels that have been challenged or banned in school libraries and then every week we will discuss one of the titles. We’ll talk about why it was challenged, how to best talk about the questioned topics or themes in the book with your kids. We’ll also tell you from a kid’s perspective how we viewed the appropriateness of the books for us,
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Review: Bone: Out from Boneville Tribute Edition

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Bone: Out from Boneville Tribute Edition

By Jeff Smith

192 ages, Scholastic Graphix, $14.95

Bone is a phenomenon that just keeps growing, it seems. Jeff Smith’s self-published debuted in 1991 and charmed readers who discovered the black and white fantasy. However, he found a brand new audience when Scholastic added the series, in color for the first time, to their Graphix imprint. There now are the nine volumes, Rose (with art by Charles Vess), Tall Tales, Bone Handbook and three illustrated prose novels from Tom Sniegoski.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this incredibly successful partnership, Scholastic is releasing next week a hardcover Tribute Edition of volume one. The complete, still-charming is on hand but there is also additional material. We start with the 10-page poem “An Ode to Quiche”, written by and critiqued by the monsters who plague the fellow from Boneville. There are nine pinups culled from the other
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Graphix’s 10th Anniversary Celebrates with new art, new artists

  • Comicmix
New York, NY—January 29, 2015—Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its groundbreaking Graphix imprint in 2015, with a yearlong celebration to include collectible giveaways, special events, and new publishing. Graphix is dedicated to publishing engaging, age-appropriate graphic novels for children and teens. Supported by librarians, teachers, and most important, kids, Graphix titles have become bestsellers around the globe and continue to receive awards and critical acclaim including multiple Eisner Award wins and nominations, a Stonewall Book Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor, an Edgar Allan Poe nomination, and 14 New York Times bestsellers to date.

In celebration, twelve Graphix artists have each created original art in honor of the 10th anniversary of Graphix: James Burks, Nathan Fox, Jimmy Gownley, Matthew Holm, Kazu Kibuishi, Mike Maihack, Dave Roman, Greg Ruth, Jeff Smith, Raina Telgemeier, Doug TenNapel, and Craig Thompson. Prints by these
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New Miracleman Comics Stories (Including One by Grant Morrison) Coming Soon

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New Miracleman Comics Stories (Including One by Grant Morrison) Coming Soon
Superhero nerds and comics snobs, gather and rejoice! We're proud to make an exclusive announcement: Marvel Comics is about to publish the first new Miracleman stories in 20 years. And what's more, one of those stories will be the first-ever publication of a long-lost Miracleman script written nearly 30 years ago by psychedelic Scottish comics legend Grant Morrison. On New Year's Eve, you can head to your local comics shop (or online retailer, if you hate the smell of paper) and buy Miracleman Annual No. 1. It will feature the following delights: the aforementioned never-before-seen Grant Morrison story, which will be drawn by Marvel Entertainment's chief creative officer (and veteran penciler) Joe Quesada; a brand-new Miracleman story written by Peter Milligan and drawn by Mike Allred; a cover by Italian illustrator Gabriele Dell'Otto; and a variant cover by Bone writer-artist Jeff Smith. For the comics world, this is a huge
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Jeff Smith Covers ‘Rocket Racoon’ #1 for Sdcc Exclusive Variant!

Skottie Young’s brand new Rocket Raccoon series is taking the comic book industry by storm, garnering rave reviews from critics and fans alike! Today, Marvel is proud to unveil that legendary cartoonist Jeff Smith (Bone, Rasl) will lend his pen to a jaw-dropping variant cover to the sold-out first issue available exclusively at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International!

“How cool is it to see Jeff Smith — the creator of the seminal Bone —render Marvel’s Sdcc exclusive variant cover, featuring this year’s breakout comic character? Pretty cool,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.

As if you didn’t need another reason to head to the comic event of the year, this stunning cover will only be available for purchase at the Marvel Booth at Comic-Con International: San Diego. Jeff Smith’s Rocket Raccoon #1 variant joins an array of soon to be announced merchandise that will be available
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Lakes Comic Art Festival celebrates 50 yrs of Doctor Who

Grab your sonic screwdriver and set the time-space co-ordinates on your Tardis’ for Kendal, 17th October 2014! The Lakes International Comic Art Festival has announced a number of events to celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who in comics, the world’s longest-running science fiction TV-inspired tie-in strip.

Doctor Who fans celebrated 50 years of the Doctor Who TV show last year, but some may not know that the first comic strip based on the show was published one year after the series launch, in TV Comic. Since then, Doctor Who has featured in numerous comic titles including Countdown, Doctor Who Magazine and Doctor Who Adventures in the UK. Idw were the first Us publisher to produce a regular Doctor Who title, as well as several limited series – a license recently picked up by Britain’s very own Titan Comics, out from July onwards.

Lined up for this year’s Lakes Festival are Dez Skinn,
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