Sony Pictures Animation & Platinum Studios to develop animated film

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Animation has inked a deal with Platinum Studios, Inc to develop an animated feature.

The announcement was made by Sony Pictures Digital Productions president Bob Osher and Sony Pictures Animation president of production Hannah Minghella.

Platinum Studios, which controls an international library of comics and graphic novel content with over 5,600 characters, brings comic book projects to feature film and television. This marks another collaboration between Sony and Platinum Studios CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, following the billion dollar franchise, Men In Black, which is one of the most successful comic book to film adaptations of all time.

"I have known and respected Scott Rosenberg for many years as a great resource of characters, stories and ideas. We’re looking forward to working with him and Platinum Studios to develop a feature from their library of stories and characters," said Osher.

"It is great to be working with Bob and Sony again. And Hannah has the perfect energy and creative tenacity to drive us into a fantastic feature world," added Rosenberg.

Platinum Studios’ film and TV division has various other properties in development at major film studios, including Atlantis Rising at DreamWorks with Kurtzman/Orci set to produce, Cowboys and Aliens also at Dreamworks with Kurtzman/Orci partnering with Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, and Unique at Walt Disney Pictures and Dead of Night with Hyde Park Entertainment with Brandon Routh starring and Kevin Munroe directing. Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Motion Pictures and Platinum Studios are currently co-developing feature films based on the soon-to-be-published action thriller graphic novel Final Orbit and Top Cow’s Magdalena.

Sony Pictures Animation (SPA) most recently produced Open Season, Surf’s Up, and Open Season 2. Upcoming projects for SPA include, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania and The Smurfs. The company recently announced a first-look deal with The Gotham Group as SPA continues to build its slate of upcoming productions.