Edgar Wright is set to direct and co-write an original animated feature for DreamWorks Animation that centers on the concept of shadows, the studio announced Thursday.
Wright will co-write the film with comedian and author David Walliams, who’s best known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the BBC One sketch show “Little Britain.” He’s also a best-selling children’s author whose books have sold more than 10 million copies to date.
The project, which DWA describes as a new approach to a previously developed concept, will mark Wright’s debut as an animation director following the live-action movies “Shaun of the Dead,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and “Hot Fuzz.” He previously co-wrote the “The Adventures of Tintin” with Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat.
DWA had been developing a project titled “Me & My Shadow,” and while Wright’s film will focus on shadows, it is taking an entirely new approach to that concept, according to insiders.
For DreamWorks Animation’s co-presidents of feature animation, Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria, Wright’s hiring is the latest example of the studio’s focus on working with a diverse group of gifted filmmakers.
“Edgar will spearhead a new approach to this fascinating concept and we’re ecstatic to have him onboard as director along with David as co-writer,” said Arnold and Soria in a joint statement. “We’ve always been intrigued by a film concept involving shadows, and now with Edgar’s signature comedic style and abilities as a natural storyteller, audiences will be treated to a truly captivating and energetic tale.”
“My first endeavors in film-making as a teenager were in animation, so it was hugely intriguing to get a call from DreamWorks Animation about potentially directing,” said Wright. “When the Shadows concept was suggested to me, I could see the poster, the title sequence and pretty much the whole movie. It’s a blast writing this and to have one of my oldest friends in comedy, David Walliams, along for the adventure is a thrill.”
DreamWorks Animation’s head of development Gregg Taylor and development executive Damon Ross will oversee the project for the studio.