LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - New Line is venturing
into the animation business for the first time in its 40-year
history by acquiring Ilion Animation Studios' $60 million
feature "Planet 51" from Handmade Films International.
Written by Joe Stillman ("Shrek"), the story is set on a
planet whose inhabitants live in fear of an alien invasion.
Their paranoia is realized when astronaut Capt. Charles "Chuck"
Baker arrives from Earth. Befriended by a young resident, the
astronaut has to avoid capture in order to recover his
spaceship and return home.
The film is directed by Jorge Blanco and co-directed by
Javier Abad and Marcos Martinez, who worked with Blanco on the
worldwide best-selling video game "Commandos."
"Planet 51" is scheduled for completion in March 2009.
New Line plans to release the movie in 2009, backed up with
a merchandising push that will involve a video game from Pyro