MUMBAI: DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming feature film Monkeys of Mumbai (working title) will be directed by Kevin Lima (Enchanted, Tarzan). This will be DreamWorks Animation’s first-ever Bollywood-style animated musical adventure.
Lisa Stewart and Chris Chase will serve as producers on the project. As previously announced, Stephen Schwartz is serving as executive producer and lyricist, A.R. Rahman is serving as executive producer and composer, and Gurinder Chadha & Paul Berges are writing the feature project.
"Kevin is a brilliant director and someone we’ve long wanted to work with at DreamWorks Animation. We are thrilled to welcome him, Chris and Lisa on board to round out the excellent creative leadership team on Monkeys of Mumbai," said DreamWorks Animation chief creative officer Bill Damaschke.
"Ever since Enchanted, I’ve been looking for a film musical and when DreamWorks Animation approached me with the prospect of doing a Bollywood musical with such renowned collaborators, I knew this was the one," added Lima.
Inspired by the great Indian epic tale of The Ramayana – but retold through the point of view of its monkeys – Monkeys of Mumbai revolves around two common monkeys who become unlikely heroes in a last ditch effort to stop an ancient, thought-to-be-mythical demon from conquering the world.
The project is being overseen at DreamWorks Animation by development executive Chris Kuser.