Apple has entered into a multi-year agreement with Skydance Animation to release several films including Luck and Bewitched.
From the LA Times:
Apple has reached a deal to release films produced by Skydance Animation, the Skydance Media unit headed by former Pixar and Walt Disney Animation director John Lasseter, the Cupertino, Calif.-Based tech giant said on Wednesday.
As part of an “extended multi-year partnership” with Skydance Animation, Apple will release the upcoming “Luck” and “Spellbound” films, as well as a series called “The Search for WondLa”, based on the fantastic children’s book series. by Tony Di Terlizzi. The pact will include several other series and films to be announced, the company said in a statement.
It was previously reported that Apple was in talks to buy these two titles as part of a deal last year. The move should prove successful for Apple as it seeks to expand its content for young adults and children, but the move might not be without controversy. Extract from the report on Lasseter:
Lasseter in 2019 joined Skydance Media, the Santa Monica entertainment company of Oracle Corp. scion David Ellison. Lasseter was previously Creative Director of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, but quit in 2018 after taking time off following allegations of inappropriate behavior towards women in the workplace. Upon his hiring at Skydance, he expressed regret for “the way my actions unintentionally made his colleagues uncomfortable”.
Amid the ensuing uproar, including within Paramount, Emma Thompson stepped down from her role as a voice actor on “Luck,” citing Lasseter’s hiring.