Sony Pictures Imageworks announces 2008/2009 projects

Mumbai: Sony Pictures Imageworks announced six major motion picture projects that are currently in production at the facility.

The films include:

• Action thriller Eagle Eye for DreamWorks Pictures
• Mystery adventure Watchmen for Warner Bros. Pictures
• Dramatic thriller Untitled Ridley Scott Film for Warner Bros. Pictures
• Family adventure G-Force, a Jerry Bruckheimer Production for Walt Disney Pictures
• Suspense thriller Valkyrie for United Artists
• Animated comedy Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs for Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures

Earlier this year Sony Pictures Imageworks completed work on the live-action Speed Racer for Warner Bros. Pictures. In this high-octane family film, Imageworks created three racing sequences–the Desert Rally, Mountain Switchback and Snake’s Demise.

Imageworks is also working on Open Season 2, Sony Pictures Animation’s sequel to the $190 million hit Open Season for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Eagle Eye is a race-against-time thriller starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie and Billy Bob Thornton. Two unsuspecting Americans are separately drawn into a conspiracy by a mysterious woman they have never met, but who seems to know their every move.

It is directed by D.J. Caruso and produced by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Patrick Crowley. Edward McDonnell serves as executive producer and Jim Berney serves as visual effects supervisor with David Smith as digital effects supervisor and Bob Pietzman as CG supervisor.

A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America – in which costumed superheroes are not only real but have ultimately been outlawed – in which one former hero goes looking for the truth behind the murder of one of his own, but uncovers a devastating conspiracy to drag the world implacably closer to its own end.

Pete Travers is the visual effects supervisor with Dan Kramer as the digital effects supervisor, and Kenn McDonald will serve as the animation supervisor. Watchmen is directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin and Deborah Snyder, with Herbert W. Gains serving as executive producer.

The Untitled Ridley Scott Film based on Washington Post columnist David Ignatius’ 2007 novel about a CIA operative, Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio), who uncovers a lead on a major terrorist leader suspected to be operating out of Jordan. When Ferris devises a plan to infiltrate his network, he must first win the backing of cunning CIA veteran Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe) and the collegial, but perhaps suspect, head of Jordanian intelligence.

Although ostensibly his allies, Ferris questions how far he can really trust these men without putting his entire operation – and his life – on the line. Imageworks’ Sheena Duggal will serve as the film’s visual effects supervisor along with John Monos as CG supervisor.

From Jerry Bruckheimer Productions comes G-Force for Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Hoyt Yeatman, and led by visual effects supervisor Scott Stokdyk, the G-Force crew also includes digital effects supervisor Seth Maury and animation supervisor Troy Saliba. Imageworks will also be delivering the 3D Stereoscopic version of the film, led by Rob Engle, senior stereographer and digital effects supervisor at Imageworks.

Bryan Singer re-teams with screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie on Valkyrie, a suspense thriller based on the true story of the daring and ingenious plot to assassinate the most monstrous villain the world has ever known. Tom Cruise heads an internationally acclaimed ensemble that includes Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Eddie Izzard, Christian Berkel, Thomas Kretschmann, Terrance Stamp and acclaimed stage actress Carice Van Houten.

Valkyrie, a United Artist’s production, will be released by MGM. Imageworks’ Rich Hoover will serve as senior visual effects supervisor along with CG supervisors Peter Nofz, Dan Eaton, Theo Bialek and Patrick Witting.

Boog and Elliot are back for more crazy adventures. After falling head over hooves in love with Giselle, Elliot’s road to the altar takes a slight detour when Weenie is kidnapped by a group of pampered pets determined to return him to his owners. Boog, Elliot, McSquizzy, Buddy and the rest of the woodland creatures launch a full-scale rescue mission for their sausage-shaped friend and soon find themselves in enemy camp: the world of the pets. Led by a toy poodle named Fifi, the pets do not plan to let Mr. Weenie go without a fight. Can a toy poodle really bring down a 900-pound grizzly bear? Will Elliot ever marry Giselle? Find out in Open Season 2.

From the Wachowski brothers comes the live-action, high-octane film Speed Racer, which follows the adventures of the young race car driver Speed (Emile Hirsch) in his quest for glory in his thunderous Mach 5. Joel Silver, Grant Hill, Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski are producers.

David Lane Seltzer, Michael Lambert and Bruce Berman are the executive producers. The film stars Emile Hirsch; Christina Ricci; John Goodman; Susan Sarandon; Matthew Fox; Benno Fürmann; Hiroyuki Sanada; Asian pop superstar Rain, making his American feature film debut; and Richard Roundtree.

The film is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, of a Silver Pictures Production, in association with Anarchos Productions. Imageworks’ Academy Award winning visual effects supervisor Kevin Mack oversaw this project along with Peter Nofz serving as digital effects supervisor.