Embarking on his first outing with DreamWorks
Animation, Chris Sanders
is set to helm the upcoming CG-animated feature Crood Awakening
The screenplay, described as a comedy set in the stone age, was written by John Cleese
and Kirk De Micco
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.