20th Century Fox and UK-based animation studio Locksmith Animation have set Ron’s Gone Wrong as their inaugural animated feature since announcing the multi-year production partnership deal, which is expected to deliver one film every 12-18 months From co-directors Alessandro Carloni (Kung Fu Panda 3) and Pixar Story vet J.P. Vine (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur), the film’s release is slated for November 2020.
It tells the story of the wonderful walking, talking, digitally connected bot that sweeps the world becoming every kid’s new Best Friend. But when an eleven-year-old boy ends up with one that doesn’t work, his attempts to teach it become a hilarious, heart-warming exploration of what real friendship means in a world of algorithms and social media.
by Amanda N'DukaOctober 12, 2017 Deadline
20th Century Fox, UK-Based Locksmith Animation Enter Into Multi-Year Production Deal
Twentieth Century Fox Film and Locksmith Animation have entered into a multi-year production partnership to release one animated film every year to 18 months. The U.K. based studio will develop and produce projects completely there and Locksmith partner Double Negative providing digital production. That product will then be released by Fox.
Locksmith Animation co-CEOs Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart formed the studio in 2014 with the support of co-founder Elisabeth Murdoch. For Fox, it brings in another company besides Blue Sky Studios into the studio to rely on for a picture a year.
“As we redouble our efforts in the family and animation space, there is no better partner in world to welcome into our family than Locksmith,” said 20th Century Fox’s chairman/CEO Stacey Snider.
With companies filled with creative individuals bringing fantastic visions to life, breath-taking locations, and new innovations in technology that make working across continents as simple as working across the street, US projects are seeing increasing benefits from turning to the UK to realise their creative ambitions.
Twentieth Century Fox Film recently announcing that they have entered into a multi-year production partnership with Locksmith Animation. Founded by Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart, the UK’s first dedicated high-end CG feature animation company will be collaborating with Fox to produce a new animated film in the UK every year. The deal is a reflection of the UK’s role as part of the American Film Industry’s future, as well as its present.
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