Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Nani from Lilo & Stitch
Chris Sanders (“Lilo & Stitch”) is directing a screenplay from Kirk DeMicco (“Space Chimps”) and Monty Python icon John Cleese.
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller, Max Minghella, Emma Booth, Lee Ingleby
Director: Beeban Kidron
Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.
Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.
Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence
The screenplay, described as a comedy set in the stone age, was written by John Cleese and Kirk De Micco.
DreamWorks plans to release Crood in stereoscopic 3-D, as well as 2-D. This reflects DWA's intention to produce all of its films in stereoscopic 3-D technology starting in 2009, which was announced this month.
"Chris is one of the most inventive and imaginative filmmakers I've ever worked with," DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said. "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."
"I look forward to working with Jeffrey and the other filmmakers at DreamWorks Animation," Sanders said. "They have dedicated themselves to a complex and classic craft, but have also proven that they are driven to take it to new places."
Sanders joins the studio with a list of family film and television credits, most recently as a writer-director of the Walt Disney Co.'s Lilo & Stitch. He served as a story writer on Disney's Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, and as a writer on Mulan. De Micco's credits include Racing Stripes.
DreamWorks' original announcement of plans to produce Crood was made in 2005 with Aardman Animations, which at the time had a five-picture deal with the studio.
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