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The Shanghai-based subsidiary will focus on the development and production of global animation and CG movies. Aguilar will serve as CEO, while Markus Manninen, visual effects supervisor of The Croods, Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 3, has been appointed artistic director.
Wink Animation will focus on the Chinese domestic market in its first year, then develop four global animations every year. It expects to release its first movie in 2017.
Aguilar was previously chief producer at DreamWorks Animation and chief creative officer and head of studio at Oriental DreamWorks. He oversaw the Chinese version of Kung Fu Panda 3, which is the highest-grossing animation ever in China with box office of more than $140m.
In a statement, Huayi Brothers vice chairman and president Wang Zhonglei said that: “according to the experience of the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
The company will set up a creative center to produce animation, initially for the Chinese market, where local and imported animated content is growing in popularity. The box office this week is headed by Disney Animation’s “Zootopia.” “Kung Fu Panda 3,” co-produced by Oriental DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation, recently broke the box office record for a Chinese-made animated feature.
Thereafter Wink will also develop global animation features. Wink aims to develop four global animation features every year, »
- Patrick Frater
Fox’s surprise blockbuster should continue to dominate moviegoing this weekend over a trio of newcomers. A24’s horror film “The Witch” looks like the strongest of the three, heading for as much as $13 million while Sony’s religious drama “Risen” is attracting faith-based customers with about $11 million.
Jesse Owens biopic “Race” appears headed for a moderate start with about $8 million for Focus, in line with expectations. “The Witch” may scare up enough business to finish ahead of the fourth weekend of “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which has amassed $105 million so far at the U.S. box office.
“Deadpool,” which grossed $180 million in its first week, should manage to eclipse the combined box office of the next four finishers. It has a shot »
- Dave McNary
The long-planned Masters Of The Universe movie may have found its director over at Sony. Deadline report that none other than Charlie’s Angels director McG is circling the project at the studio.
The trade blog reports that Sony are pretty keen to get this going Asap and McG is set to start to rework the screenplay before potentially directing.
The story revolves around He-Man, ‘a prince who transforms into a warrior and becomes the last hope for a magical world that has been ravaged by the sinister Skeletor.’
The film will be based on the classic Mattel toy line that was famous turned into a movie starring Dolph Lundgren in 1987. Frank Langella, Jon Cypher, Chelsea Field, Billy Barty and Courteney Cox also appeared in the almost universally panned movie from Cannon Films. It was also the subject of a very famous cartoon series that ran from 1983.
- Paul Heath
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