Skydance Media has found great success on the big screen with the modern star trek franchise, the Impossible mission movie series, Jack Reach, and World War Z. Additionally, they started building a big presence on Netflix with action movies like 6 Underground and the release recently The old guard. But soon they will enter the animation arena with their first two animated feature films, Luck and Bewitched, which is set to hit theaters in 2022.
Skydance Animation has announced the official release dates for its first animated projects, which will be co-financed and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Luck will arrive first February 18, 2022, and Bewitched will follow later in the year November 11, 2022. So what are these movies about?
Although Luck will be Skydance Animation’s first film, we don’t know much about it. Peggy Holmes (Disney’s Secret of the wings, The pirate fairy) will lead the film, which follows the world’s unluckiest girl as she stumbles upon the never-before-seen world of good and bad luck. Teaming up with magical creatures, she will discover a force more powerful than luck itself.
In the meantime, there is much more information available on Bewitched. The film takes place in a magical world where a young girl must break the spell that has split her kingdom in two. It may not be the most original concept, but the film has the Shrek management team Vicky Jensen and producer David Lipmann work together again. The script comes from Mulane writers Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin and The beauty and the Beast and The Lion King scribe Linda Woolverton.
Also bringing a bit of magic to Bewitched will be the Oscar-winning songwriter Alain Menken, who wrote the tunes for Disney classics such as The little Mermaid, The beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. Menken will provide the score as well as original songs, so it looks like it will be a lively musical adventure. The writing of the lyrics will be Glenn Slater (Tangled), and Chris Amount (Frozen, The beauty and the Beast) will serve as executive music producer.
So it looks like Skydance Animation has rounded up some of Disney’s most talented contributors and a few DreamWorks Animation veterans to kick off their new cinematic arm with a bang. In case you don’t remember, they also ousted Pixar’s mastermind John Lasseter co-directs Skydance Animation with Holly Edwards.
There has been some controversy surrounding Lasseter’s hiring at Skydance since the filmmaker left Disney after allegations of sexual harassment came to light during the height of the #MeToo movement in Hollywood. In reality, Emma Thompson was originally supposed to start in Luck, but upon Skydance hiring Lasseter, she left the project. During a Town Hall at Skydance last year, Lasseter addressed these issues, saying:
“I am deeply sorry for my actions, which were unquestionably wrong. I many regret that women do not feel safe or that they are not respected. I go continue to working every day for the rest of my life to prove to you that I have grown and learned. I am resolute in my commitment to build an animation studio on a foundation of andquality, safety, trust and mutual respect for everyone.”
While many are still not happy that Lasseter was able to land such a high-profile job in such a short time after these accusations, Skydance Media seems confident in his redemption. Although they’re not necessarily confident enough to include a quote from him in the press release. Instead, they left that to Edwards, who said:
“Luck” and “Spellbound” create rich worlds and compelling characters that we know will resonate with audiences everywhere. It’s incredibly exciting to see our team of legendary creators working around the clock and across the globe to bring these images to life. »
Along with their first feature films, Skydance Animation is working on a slate of premium TV shows that they will announce soon.