Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Gnomeo & Juliet Confirmed for 2011

Starz Animation, Toronto, is currently in production on Miramax Film's feature animation project, GNOMEO AND JULIET. Directed by Kelly Asbury and with music and lyrics by songwriting team Elton John & Bernie Taupin, this animated feature will be released in 2011.

Starz has posted several jobs they need filled, including openings for a scene prep artist, animator, lead lighter and technical director.

Described as a loose and edgy adaptation of the Shakespeare play, James McAvoy and Emily Blunt will voice lovers from rival gardens. John is producing alongside offscreen partner David Furnish, Baker Bloodworth and Steve Hamilton Shaw, and is pursuing big-name actors for supporting roles as well.

GNOMEO was brought to Walt Disney Feature Animation originally, but was dropped several years later by incoming Pixar execs John Lasseter and Ed Catmull. Miramax President Daniel Batsek, who had been following the project, persuaded Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook to revive the project at the Miramax specialty division in April 2006.

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