Cinema Management Group has announced Toonz Media Group will be co-producing the first-ever animated adaptation of the Oscar Wilde classic The Canterville Ghost.
The Canterville Ghost producers, assisted by Paul Grindey of Viewfinder Film, have now inked a deal with Toonz for this animated theatrical feature, with the animation production for the feature film being undertaken from its studios in India while the pre- and post-production will be undertaken in the U.K. and Ireland animation studios. The feature is being directed by Kim Burdon.
“Toonz coming on board this high-quality animated feature was the final piece in giving ‘The Canterville Ghost’ the required momentum to fly into production,” Edward Noeltner, president, Cinema Management Group, and Kristina Dubin, producer, DubinMedia, said via joint statement. “The film is targeted for delivery in 2021.”
Effectively, CMG has already pre-sold the film in a number of international territories including German-speaking Europe, Russia and CIS territories, Poland as well as other Eastern European territories including the Middle East and Israel.
“We are delighted to be working with the existing team already in place on this wonderful film,” says P. Jayakumar, chief executive officer, Toonz Media Group. “Producer Robert Chandler has done a terrific job assembling great talent on this feature. As one of the largest animation studios in the world, Toonz brings 20-plus years of experience in animation to this exciting project along with hundreds of skilled animators from India and an accomplished pre- and post-team in place in Ireland and the U.K.”